Some members of Colorado family may have been strangled, court documents reveal

Aaron Brown
August 19, 2018

The two young girls were strangled and their bodies were found inside an oil tank, the Denver Post reported, citing a motion filed in court by an attorney for Watts.

Watts' attorneys did not say what motivated them to make the DNA requests. The bodies of Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, were recovered later that day.

Henery declined to answer questions Friday about where the mother and daughters' bodies were found or whether police still are processing that scene. More testing is planned to help determine the cause of their deaths.

In a second motion, obtained by KDVR, defense attorneys asked the court to compel the coroner's office to look for DNA under the mother's fingernails and on her hands. Mr Eikelenboom has testified in several high-profile criminal trials, often on so-called "touch DNA" when small samples of genetic material are left on a surface.

The newspaper quotes "high-ranking" police sources who allege that Watts placed the bodies of the two young girls in tanks "that were mostly full".

If you were watching Christopher Watts on Tuesday, what you saw was a man who claimed to have no idea where his missing pregnant wife and daughters were.

We learned Thursday evening that authorities had tragically found what the believed to be the bodies of 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste Watts at a property belonging to Anadarko Petroleum, their dad's now-former employer. Investigators found the bodies of Bella and Celeste nearby. He was sacked on the day of his arrest, a spokeswoman for Anadarko said. He did not respond to multiple messages seeking comment by The Associated Press.

Police have not released any information about a motive or confirmed how the three were killed. The couple lived in Frederick, a town of about 8,600 people around 30 miles north of Denver.

According to a June 2015 bankruptcy filing, Christopher Watts got a job six months earlier as an operator for Anadarko.

Watts said he left for work about 5:15 a.m. that day and wasn't concerned when his wife didn't respond to his texts and phone calls, since she'd just returned from out of town.

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But the family was dogged by debt.

They said in the filing that their almost $3,000 mortgage and $600 in monthly vehicle payments formed the bulk of their $4,900 in monthly expenses. "Her husband Chris Watts".

Chris Watts, 33, was taken into custody Wednesday (Aug 15) and faces three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of tampering with a body in the Denver area of the western USA state.

Formal charges are expected to be filed Monday by Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke. Shanann was an incredible woman, mother, friend, and overall person. Their daughters played together during salon visits.

In a video interview with KMGH-TV, Watts can be heard pleading "I want them back now".

Drew reported from Raleigh, North Carolina. She didn't give me an indication that there was anything wrong. "She seemed pretty happy", he said.

Watts was pregnant at the time, and Saturday was supposed to be "gender reveal" party for their third child.

Chris Watts, 33, was arrested in connection with their deaths but has not been formally charged.

Proposals to change the law have been stymied by debate about when a fetus can legally be considered a human being.

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