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Christopher Watts Pleads Guilty to Killing Pregnant Wife, Kids

Prosecutors say they dropped the possibility of the death penalty with the agreement of the victims' family

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    This Aug. 21, 2018, file photo shows Christopher Watts in court for his arraignment hearing at the Weld County Courthouse in Greeley, Colorado. Watts pled guilty on Nov. 6, 2018, to the murder of his wife and his two young daughters.

    A Colorado man charged with killing his pregnant wife and two daughters has pleaded guilty under a plea deal that will allow him to avoid the death penalty.

    Christopher Watts entered his plea Tuesday during a court hearing in Greeley.

    Investigators have previously said that Watts admitted to police that he killed his wife, Shanann. But he said he strangled her in "a rage" when he discovered she had strangled their two daughters after he sought a separation.

    Prosecutors say they dropped the possibility of the death penalty with the agreement of the victims' family.

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    Christopher Lee Watts was charged with five counts of murder Monday for the deaths of his wife Shanann Watts and their two daughters Bella and Celeste. Watts had initially pleaded publicly that his wife and daughters had gone missing. Their bodies were discovered on the property of the oil and natural gas company Watts worked for. The D.A. said that it's "too early" to discuss whether prosecutors would seek the death penalty.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 20, 2018)

    Watts replied "guilty" nine times in response to Judge Marcelo Kopcow's reading of each charge.

    Shanann Watts' parents and brother were in the courtroom