Chris Watts Is Considering Appealing His Convictions For Murdering His Family

Watts is serving multiple life sentences for the murders. He is currently in prison in Wisconsin.

May 01, 2019

Photo by: Chris Watts [Colorado Bureau of Investigation]

Chris Watts [Colorado Bureau of Investigation]

By: Catherine Townsend

Chris Watts, serving life in prison for the murders of his wife and his two daughters, is considering his options for appealing his murder convictions, People magazine reports.

According to the magazine, a source with "knowledge of Watts' legal case" says Watts is “looking into ways to appeal.”

“Obviously, it would be an uphill battle for him, because he pleaded guilty,” the source said. “And with a guilty plea, you forfeit some of your rights to appeal. But that’s not absolute, so there’s a small chance that it could work out in his favor.”

According to the source, Watts believes that he may not have been afforded the opportunity to explain himself properly. “He’s not sure he was in the right mind to plead guilty like he did. For him, it’s not just about him getting out of jail — it’s also that he hasn’t been able to really have his day in court.”

The source stated that Watts has spoken with lawyers, but that any potential appeal "would cost him money that he just doesn’t have."

Watts, 33, is serving multiple life sentences after pleading guilty last November to the murders of his pregnant wife Shanann, 34; and the couple's daughters, Bella, 4; and Celeste, 3; on August 13, 2018.

The bodies of Shanann and the girls were found by the police on the property of Watts' former employer on August 16. The children's bodies were hidden in oil tanks, and Shanann was buried in a shallow grave nearby.

Watts was questioned by police, and confessed to the murders.

He told detectives with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation that he strangled his wife to death inside their bedroom following an argument. He said he then drove his wife’s body to his job site, where he buried it in a shallow grave as his daughters were in the car, awaiting their deaths.

He stated that Bella saw him smother Celeste first and screamed at him to stop.
“I hear it every day, when Bella was talking to me,” Watts told detectives. “When she said, ‘Daddy, no!’”

Watts is serving multiple life sentences for the murders. He is currently in prison in Wisconsin.

According to Watts, he "understands that this would be a Hail Mary” but believes that in his current situation, he has nothing left to lose.

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