Colorado man pleads guilty to killing pregnant wife, kids

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And even though he pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder and other charges in their deaths, it's still not known publicly what happened to 34-year-old Shanann Watts and their daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3.

Christopher Watts is in court for his arraignment hearing at the Weld County Courthouse on August 21, 2018 in Greeley, Colorado.

Watts, a former oil and gas worker, was charged in August with killing his pregnant wife and their daughters inside their home in Frederick, a community in the oil and gas fields north of Denver.

Shannan was 15 weeks pregnant at the time of her death.

The plea deal was approved by Shanann's family who told the district attorney they did not want to end his life as he did their daughter's and grandchildren's.

The plea deal calls for Watts to be sentenced to three consecutive life sentences for the deaths of Shanann, Celeste and Bella, along with additional time for the unlawful termination of the couple's unborn child, Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said at a press conference following the hearing.

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"I know that will never be fully realized because, obviously, the tragedy that sits before us today is the loss of four attractive lives".

Watts now awaits sentencing on 19 November.

Watts is represented by the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, which does not comment on pending cases.

He had previously claimed that after telling his wife he was having an affair, she had killed one of their children and was trying to kill another when he attacked her.

In exchange for a guilty plea, Watts will now avoid the death penalty.

Christopher Watts, 33, married his late wife Shannan in Mecklenburg County in 2012, and her parents still live in North Carolina.

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Rourke said he described "extraordinary delays" in carrying out the death penalty in Colorado since Gov. John Hickenlooper's 2013 decision to block the execution of Nathan Dunlap.

Watts, 33, had been charged with murdering his wife of almost six years, Shanann, 34, and their two girls.

In a later interview, the arrest affidavit says, Watts claimed that he had seen on a baby monitor that his younger daughter appeared dead and his wife was strangling his older daughter.

"We charged him with what we truly believed he had done", Rourke said.

"The spotlight that he tried to shine on Shanann - falsely, incorrectly and frankly a flat-out lie - has been corrected", Rourke said. The spotlight shines squarely on him, ' he said.

Under Colorado law, a first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.

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