Judge at Christopher Watts’ sentencing says case is ‘most vicious’ he’s seen


Prosecutors have said they agreed not to seek the death penalty in exchange for Watts' guilty plea, after seeking approval from Shanann Watts' family. Watts told investigators that he strangled her in "a rage" when he discovered she had strangled their two daughters after he sought a separation. An autopsy found a cut in Bella's mouth, he said, suggesting that "she fought back for her life" and bit her tongue before she died. "Imagine the horror in Bella's mind as her father snuffed out her life".

An attorney for Chris Watts followed Rourke's statement, saying her client is "devastated", and though Watts realizes his words are hollow, he is "sincerely sorry for all of this".

Authorities aren't sure why he killed his family.

Chris Watts pleaded guilty on November 6 to three counts of murder for the deaths of his 15-weeks-pregnant wife, 34, and their daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3.

In a blistering statement read to the court in Greeley, Colorado, Rzucek said: 'God only knows what happened that night.

Meanwhile, Christopher Watts spoke to local television reporters from the front porch of the family's home in Frederick, a small town on the plains north of Denver where drilling rigs and oil wells surround booming subdivisions.

The judge who imposed Christopher Watts' lifelong prison sentence Monday said the crime was likely the worst he had ever seen during his career.

His sentencing comes days after a woman he had been dating told The Denver Post that he lied to her about being near the end of divorce proceedings. She cooperated with police before his arrest, she told the newspaper.

Shanann was reported missing August 13 after she missed a doctor's appointment. During the conversation, Chris reportedly told Shanann that he wanted a divorce.

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Chris Watts claimed he had called and texted his wife about three times that morning with no reply, he told KMGH.

The killings captured national media attention and became the focus of true crime blogs and online video channels, which showed dozens of family photos and videos that Shanann Watts shared on social media showing the smiling family. "We just thought we were doing the right thing by being a good friend", added her husband, Nick Thayer.

Today, Rourke described how surveillance cameras showed Watts going back and forth between the house and his ute in the darkness that morning - loading up the corpses before he drove to a company oil field "to secrete away his family in a place he hoped they'd never be found".

Prosecutors said Watts strangled his wife and then smothered his daughters before dumping their bodies on an oil site where he used to work. His wife Shanann grew up in Southern Pines.

Watts pleaded guilty to all of the charges against him: 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.

"There isn't a day that goes by that I don't cry for my family".

The prosecutor in the case says authorities have a partial motive and will offer more details after sentencing.

Police also learned that Christopher Watts was having an affair with a co-worker.