Father Charged with Murdering Family — Except Unborn Child

Shannan Watts appeared to have it all: a picture-perfect home, a loving husband, and two beautiful daughters. Shannan and her husband Chris lived with their two daughters Bella (4) and Celeste (3) in a suburb north of Denver. Christopher was employed by Anadarko Petroleum and Shannan was a highly-successful wellness marketing representative. Shannan posted numerous social media posts of the four of them smiling and laughing. However, those photos hid a dark side to the seemingly happy family.

On Monday, August 13th, at approximately 2 AM, Shannan Watts was dropped off at home by her friend Nickole Atkinson after a business trip. Chris had been watching Bella and Celeste while Shannan was on the road for work.

Shannan had a doctor’s appointment scheduled for that next morning after she returned. She never made it to her appointment. Atkinson, the same friend that dropped the young mother off at home hours earlier, was concerned. Shannan was 15 weeks pregnant, and the doctor’s appointment was a checkup to see how her baby Niko was doing. Atkinson knew that her friend would not have missed the appointment. Even more concerning was the fact that Shannan was not answering her phone calls or texts. Atkinson went to Shannan’s home and did not find the pregnant mother there either.

Atkinson got in touch with Shannan’s husband Chris, who seemed unconcerned that his wife and daughters were nowhere to be found. Worried about her friend, Atkinson called the police and filed a missing person’s report. When the police examined the home that Shannan shared with Chris, they were concerned.

Shannan’s purse, cell phone, car, and medications were all at the home. However, there was no trace of Shannan or the two toddlers. The police began an investigation. That Tuesday afternoon Christopher Watts went on national television to appeal for his wife and kids to return home. By 11:30 P.M. the next night, Watts was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. Watts’ daughters’ bodies were recovered after being submerged in an oil tank at Anadarko Petroleum for four days. Shannan’s body was buried nearby. Investigators alleged that Watts strangled his two daughters and placed their bodies in the oil tank.

Christopher admitted to strangling Shannan, but he says that he only killed her after he witnessed her murdering their daughters. He said that she became furious after he told her that he was having an affair and asked for a separation. According to Chris Watts, Shannan raced upstairs and strangled the couples’ toddlers.

In a rage, he then murdered Shannan. Most of Shannan’s close friends and family aren’t buying Chris’s version of events. They said that the kids were Shannan’s life and that she would never harm them. Prosecutors aren’t buying his story either. Christopher Watts was charged with three counts of first-degree murder. He has faces charges for two counts of first-degree murder because two of the victims were under 12 and three counts of tampering with evidence.

By allegedly killing Shannon, Watts also murdered their unborn child. However, Watts will not be charged with murder for that death. Instead, he was accused of the unlawful termination of a pregnancy — a class two felony. In other states that have fetal homicide laws, such as the mainly Republican state Indiana, killing a fetus is murder. Had this murder happened in Indiana, Watts would have likely been charged with another count of murder.

This case along has sparked a debate about whether or not Colorado should adopt fetal homicide laws. This issue is crucial because it can determine whether or not a murderer faces the death penalty or life in prison.

~ Conservative Zone


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17 responses to “Father Charged with Murdering Family — Except Unborn Child”

  1. The bastard is a rabid animal, the death penalty is exactly what fits such demented acts, to hell with a law that says killing a fetus isn’t a crime, it should be, but what about murdering the woman and children? The less than human slime must die!

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  2. I,am PRO DEATH PENATLY , and this man needs to recieve it, nothing more than a sub-human dog, and he needs to be put down. To many killers sitting in prisons getting 3 meals and a blanket , while their victims are gone and never coming back. These killers need to go the way of their victims, GONE and NEVER COMING BACK.

  3. The murderer should also pay with his life by receiving a death sentence; no doubt about that. This is God’s law. Period. Why should America pay with tax dollars for his maintenance daily when he deserves to die???? This not fair to the family of the victims nor to us, the tax payers. amen PUT HIM TO DEATH, AMEN…

  4. Time to bring back the death penalty….. amen. Time to rid the world of all these wicked persons and let Almighty God punish them forever for their crimes. And for the world to never see or hear from them ever again. amen

  5. What a waste of human life
    A beautiful family wiped out
    the laws should and has to be changed to protect
    the victims and not perpetrators. If anyone deserves
    to die it’s this animal.

  6. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT FOR CAPITAL CRIME NATIONWIDE INCLUDING ALL U.S. TERRITORIES AND BABIES ALSO BORNED OR UNBORN!! FRIST DEGREE MURDER SHOULD COMMAND THE DEATH PENALTY NATIONWIDE INCLUDING ALL U.S. TERRITORIES!! FEDERAL LAW FELONIE MURDER!!

  7. I agree that killing a fetus is murder, so tell me – how is abortion legal? What is the difference? Is it because the murderer has the mother’s consent? To me, that just makes her an accessory to the murder. Someone please explain.

  8. I’m pro death penalty as well. Take a big, tall tree and a short piece of rope. Let him swing way up high until the sun goes down!!

  9. How is following the law keeping him safe? Your lead in statement makes it sound like the prosecutors will let Chris off because the killing of a fetus is only ” a class two felony”. What’s the matter with you people? They throw out a lead suggestive line than come to an conclusion and blame said conclusion on liberals. Are you conservatives saying that the class two felony overrides his wife and two kids he killed?

  10. Even when a death penalty IS obtained, a huge percentage of those sentenced to death will either die of natural causes, or old age before the sentence is carried out.
    Even those who WANT to be executed will spend an average of about ten years on death row before they get their wish.
    Then you have the problem with HOW they are executed being “inhumane”. How freaking humane were they to their victims? If people are so concerned about the drugs used for their execution being too painful, I have the perfect answer: give them an overdose of morphine, then they won’t feel any pain at all as they slip away to a well deserved trip to hell.
    True justice would be to execute them in the exact same manner in which they murdered their victims, but all the bleeding hearts would never let that happen.
    This man deserves to die for what he did, and he deserves it just as much for his “unborn” child as he does for his wife, and two small children.

    That brings up another case, made even more vile because it was made possible by the illegal actions of a former President.
    Will the “Dreamer” who murdered Molly Tibbets be punished for taking away her life, and dreams, or will he be set free by a liberal jury like the illegal animal that murdered Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco?
    I guess only time will tell!

  11. Murder is murder the woman was killed with her baby inside, double murder.. he should be sentenced to death…

  12. States that fully support abortion will never prosecute anyone for murder if a fetus is terminated through a violent attack on a woman that only injures the mother. Somewhere we all have to determine when life begins and the act of a double standard ends.

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