Christopher Watts, 33, has been held without bond in the Weld
County jail since his arrest last week for the murders of his
pregnant wife Shanann Watts, 34 and two daughters, Celeste, 3,
and Bella, 4.
Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke will formally file
charges against Watts on Monday and seek the release of an
arrest affidavit, which has been under seal, that lays out
details of the crime, his spokeswoman Krista Henery said in a
Shannan Watts and the children were reported missing on Tuesday
from their home in Frederick, about 30 miles (50 km) north of
Watts said in an interview with Denver 7 on Tuesday that he was
torn up inside about his family going missing and pleaded for
"I just want them to come back," Watts told TV station Denver 7.
"My kids are my life. Those smiles light up my life. I want
everybody to just come home."
The next day he was arrested.
On Thursday authorities said they had discovered the bodies of
his wife and daughters on a property owned by Anadarko Petroleum
Corp., where Watts worked.
Neither Watts, nor his court-appointed attorney, have commented
on the incident since his arrest.
Authorities have not confirmed local media reports that Watts
confessed to killing his family, and that he strangled the two
girls and stuffed their bodies inside oil barrels.
The case has drawn national media attention to the town of
Frederick, a former mining town of 13,000.
Standing outside the Rock Solid Saloon in downtown Frederick,
David Huston shook his head in disbelief at the murders.
"I just can't imagine what circumstances would cause somebody to
get to that point," said the 35-year-old maintenance worker at a
manufacturing plant, and the father of two.
(Reporting by Keith Coffman; Editing by Jon Herskovitz)
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