They gushed about their daughters, Bella and Celeste, and posted photos of the little girls' gap-toothed grins and amusing dances. A neighbor's surveillance footage confirms that the only traffic by the Watts' home that day was Shanann Watts' friend dropping her off at 2 a.m., and Christopher Watts backing his truck into the garage around 5:30 a.m. before leaving. "I love you so much". The social media accounts for Shanann Watts, who was from North Carolina, are filled with photos of the family smiling and playing and posts praising her husband and expressing excitement about the couple expecting their third child.
On Thursday, Shanann's body was found on a site owned by Anadarko Petroleum, where Watts worked as an operator.
Chris Watts initially said his family was asleep when he left for work early Monday morning. He's next due in court Tuesday.
But prosecutors paint a different picture of the killing.
Court papers showed the couple also faced financial problems in recent years and filed for bankruptcy in 2015.
He said he witnessed the alleged strangulation via a baby monitor on his wife's bedside table, the court documents said. After Chris Watts arrived, he let the officer into the home. Later it was confirmed to be that of Shanann Watt.
Still, they were about $70,000 in debt, most of it from student loans and credit card purchases, according to the filings.
Shanann was 15 weeks pregnant at the time of her death. "Like if somebody has her, just bring her back".
Watts told police that he walked downstairs, leaving his wife in their bedroom.
He told police that Bella was "sprawled" out on her bed and appeared blue, and Shanann Watts was strangling Celeste, according to the affidavit.
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.
The cause of their deaths has not been made public.
Watts confessed to burying his wife, Shanann Watts, 34, near two oil tanks and dumping the bodies of his daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, in the tanks, according to the affidavit.
According to court documents, the girls had been submerged in crude oil for four days.
Chris Watts, 33, was jailed Wednesday on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of tampering with a deceased body in the killings of his wife, Shanann, 34, and their daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3.
The arrest affidavit was sealed at prosecutors' request until Monday, a frequent request in Colorado as prosecutors determine what charges to file after someone has been arrested. There was no immediate word on a possible motive.
Atkinson is the friend who dropped Shanann off at the Watts home around 2 a.m. on August 13, and had plans to meet back up with her later that day.
Watts claimed it was a "civil conversation" and that it was "emotional", he allegedly told police. "I just want them to come back".
Watts, who was having an affair with a co-worker, claimed that by the end of the conversation, both were "upset and crying".
Ashley Bell, a friend of Shanann, said Shanann had planned a party Saturday to reveal the gender of her baby.
"He was just sitting there waiting for something to happen; it just didn't seem right to me", Atkinson told ABC.
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