A photograph sits amid the tributes as they grow outside the home where a pregnant woman, Shanann Watts, and her two daughters, Bella and Celeste, lived Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Frederick, Colo.
A Colorado man told police that he killed his pregnant wife in a "rage" after she strangled their two daughters, according to an affidavit released by police on Monday after prosecutors formally charged Christopher Lee Watts with the murder of his entire family.
Rourke said this has been a "long week" for both cops and Shanann Watts' family.
After filing charges, prosecutors asked a judge on Monday to unseal it - revealing Watts' confession that he had killed his wife and his accusation that she was responsible for the deaths of 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste.
Two additional first-degree murder charges accuse him of causing the death of a child younger than 12.
Watts also faces three counts of tampering with a body, and a count of first-degree unlawful termination of a pregnancy, Weld County District Attorney Michael J. Rourke told reporters.
Christopher Watts, who is being held without bail, is due back in court on Tuesday morning to be advised of the charges filed against him.
In subsequent interviews with police, however, Watts changed his story. He had previously denied it in interviews, according to the affidavit.
Police investigating a Colorado man for the deaths of his pregnant wife and two young daughters learned that he was having an affair with a co-worker.
"This is to celebrate, mourn and get closure for a family that didn't deserve this", said vigil organiser Kelley Trippy.
"Keep the prayers coming for our family", Rzucek said. Watts was terminated from Anadarko Petroleum on August 15, company communications manager Jennifer Brice said.
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CBS4)- The body of Shanann Watts was found buried in a shallow grave near an oil tank where the bodies of her daughters were found on Anadarko Petroleum property.
The girls' bodies were in an "oil well filled with crude oil for several days", Chris Watts' attorneys indicated in a court filing.
Autopsies have been completed but not released.
In an attachment to the motion, Merson included an e-mail in which Eikelenboom expressed his "expert opinion that DNA evidence would remain on the necks of the decedent children in spite of the fact that the remains were in oil for four days".
Neither Watts nor his court-appointed attorney have commented publicly on the case since his arrest.
In a Monday interview on ABC's "Good Morning America", friend Nicole Atkinson said she dropped Shanann off at home about 2 a.m.
When investigators began searching the home, they located Shanann's personal items including her cell phone, purse, wallet and medication, the document showed.
She added that she wasn't shocked by Watts' arrest. She missed a doctor's appointment later that day and police made a welfare check at the home at 1:30 PM.
In the arrest affidavit, Chris admitted that he allegedly strangled his wife Shanann Watts, but only after he witness his wife allegedly strangling Celeste and Bella sprawled out on his bed via a baby monitor.
Watts told police after the couple's emotional talk about separating, he returned to his and Shanann's bedroom to speak with his wife again. "I just want them home so bad".