In recent days, our country has come together in mourning for a Colorado family. Pregnant, 34-year-old Shanann Watts was tragically murdered by her husband, Chris Watts, along with their two children: Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3.
Their story captured nationwide attention when Chris publicly pleaded for his family’s safe return in a media interview. However, he later confessed to all three of their murders, which led to mass public outrage.
Chris was officially charged with five counts of first-degree murder — three counts for the deaths of his wife and children and two counts for the death of persons under age 12 while being in a position of trust — on Monday, August 20th, reported the Coloradan. He was also charged with four additional felonies: one count of unlawfully terminating a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased body.
His next court appearance is set to take place Tuesday morning, August 21st, where he is expected to make a plea. Leading up to his court date, his affidavit was released revealing new details in the case.
According to the unsealed court document, Chris claimed that he killed his wife because he observed her strangling their daughters on the baby monitor. His wife’s actions allegedly sent him “into a rage and ultimately strangled Shanann to death,” reported PEOPLE. The majority of the public is having a difficult time buying his version of the story.
The affidavit also revealed that Chris was seeking a separation following his affair with another woman. Before Shanann and her girls were killed, Chris and Shanann reportedly had an “emotional conversation” regarding the separation.
An autopsy of the bodies has not yet been conducted as of Monday evening. The autopsy report will provide further details regarding Shanann, Bella, and Celeste’s cause of death.
This update comes shortly after Shanann's friend revealed chilling details about her final days.
In other breaking news, the family of the Iowa girl who has been missing for over a month offered a very sad update regarding her case.