Colorado killings: Husband arrested after wife and two children found dead

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Court papers show that Chris' lawyers filed a motion on August 17 in Weld County, Colorado and it asked for DNA to be taken from both little girls' necks indicating that they were strangled.

"Defense counsel had an opportunity to speak with a DNA expert this morning".

Christopher Watts is accused of killing daughters Bella, four, Celeste, three, and his pregnant wife Shanann, 34, in their home in Frederick, Colorado, on Monday.

Authorities have not released information about how they died. More testing is planned to help determine the cause of their deaths. Mr Eikelenboom has testified in several high-profile criminal trials, often on so-called "touch DNA" when small samples of genetic material are left on a surface. A law enforcement source told 9Wants to Know that Chris Watts confessed to killing his wife and two daughters.

Christopher Watts (33) said his wife returned home to Denver in the state of Colorado from a work trip in Arizona at 2am on Monday.

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Chris Watts worked at Anadarko for an unspecified amount of time but was terminated on August 15, 2018, a spokesperson for the company said. Watts did not respond to reporters' questions when he was escorted into court on Thursday.

Local media reported that the remains of the two girls were found at the Andarko Petroleum oil field in northern Colorado on Thursday afternoon.

But he grew anxious, he said, when one of her friends contacted him around noon and said she wasn't responding to messages.

But family members remain baffled by the murders, and police remain tight-lipped about how the woman and girls were killed, and what the suspected motive was.

'I came home and it was like I walked into a ghost town.

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According to a June 2015 bankruptcy filing, Christopher Watts got a job six months earlier as an operator for Anadarko.

But the family was dogged by debt.

They said in the filing that their almost $3,000 mortgage and $600 in monthly auto payments formed the bulk of their $4,900 in monthly expenses.

"We have qualified for so many unbelievable trips in 2 years that we never otherwise would have been able to visit!" she wrote in a June 23 Facebook post.

Watts was arrested on three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of tampering with a human body, a Weld County District Court judge said Thursday.

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King's brother-in-law was previously married to Shanann Watts. The two women quickly became friends, and before long they were texting or calling each other nearly daily. Their daughters played together during salon visits. Her brother took to Facebook to lash out at Watts, saying "I just want 30 seconds alone with that heartless psychopath". She wasn't here, the kids weren't here, it was like they were here and then they were gone'. "She seemed pretty happy". They lived in a big two-story house and Shanann Watts was pregnant with the couple's third child.

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