CNN reports that Chris Watts, the Colorado father accused of killing his pregnant wife and two daughters, was arraigned today in court on nine charges, including first-degree murder. He agreed to waive a preliminary hearing.
The bodies of his wife, Shanann, and two daughters, age 3 and 4, were found in a shallow grave and oil tanks where he worked. He reportedly was fired when he was arrested and is currently being held without bond.
Watts has gone from pleading for the safe return of his family publicly to accusing his wife of killing the daughters before he killed her. Investigators have since discovered that Watts was having an affair with a co-worker and was having significant financial woes.
In his first interview with police, Watts said he told Shanann he wanted a separation before leaving for work on August 13. In his second interview, he told them he saw her strangling one of their daughters on the baby monitor before killing her in a rage and dumping the bodies in three different locations.
His defense lawyer has asked for DNA swabs of the victims’ throats, but was denied by the court. The autopsy results have not been released.
Watts, 33, is facing three counts of first-degree murder for the three victims, as well as two additional counts for the two victims under the age of 12. He was also charged with three counts of tampering with a body and one count of first-degree unlawful termination of a pregnancy.
No motive has been revealed by the prosecutor yet.
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