Colorado dad pleads guilty in killing of pregnant wife, 2 daughters

Chris Watts was arrested in the killing of his wife and daughters ages 3 and 4.

November 06, 2018, 5:06 PM

A Colorado man arrested in the killing of his pregnant wife and two young daughters pleaded guilty Tuesday to all charges against him as his wife's family looked on, holding each other and sobbing.

In exchange for Chris Watts' guilty plea, the death penalty will not be considered, the Weld County District Attorney's office said. The victims' family agreed to those terms, the district attorney's office added.

Wearing an orange jumpsuit, shackles, and an olive green bulletproof vest, Watts told the judge he understood the plea agreement reached with prosecutors. He pleaded guilty to five counts of murder in the first degree, three counts of tampering with a deceased human body and one count of unlawful termination of pregnancy, prosecutors said.

As the judge read each charge one by one, Watts pleaded "guilty," his voice sometimes cracking.

PHOTO: Christopher Watts is accused of killing his wife and two daughters in Colorado.
Christopher Watts is accused of killing his wife and two daughters in Colorado.
Weld County Sheriff

In August, Watts initially told reporters his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, 34, and daughters Celeste, 3 and Bella, 4, disappeared without a trace. Shanann was 15 weeks pregnant at the time.

PHOTO: Shanann Watts, 34, and her two daughters ages 3 and 4 were reported missing.
Shanann Watts, 34, and her two daughters ages 3 and 4 were reported missing.
Town of Frederick, CO

"My kids are my life," he told ABC Denver affiliate KMGH. "I mean, those smiles light up my life."

PHOTO: Shanann Watts, 34, and her two daughters ages 3 and 4 were killed in Frederick, Colo.
Shanann Watts, 34, and her two daughters ages 3 and 4 are missing in Frederick, Colo.
Town of Frederick, CO

Within days, Watts was arrested and the bodies of his wife and children were recovered.

PHOTO: A memorial outside the home of Shanann Watts in Colorado.
A memorial outside the home of Shanann Watts in Colorado.
ABC News

His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 19. Watts faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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