American Murder: The Family Next Door: Where is Christopher Lee-Watts today?
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American Murder: The Family Next Door premieres Wednesday, September 30 on Netflix worldwide. The documentary from Jenny Popplewell and Oscar-winning executive producer, James Marsh devels deep into the 2018 Watts Family murders which shocked America. Where is Christopher Lee-Watts today? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about Christopher Lee Watts.
WARNING: This article contains spoilers about American Murder: The Family Next Door
Where is Christopher-Lee Watts today?
American Murder: The Family Next Door looks inside the marriage of Shanann Watts and her husband, Chris Watts and the triple murder case which shocked America.
Shanann and Chris Watts met in 2010 and married in 2012. They had tow daughters together, Bella and Celeste, with a third child, a son named Nico in the way.
On August 13, 2018, Shanann, 34, and her two young daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, were reported missing from their home in Frederick, Colorado.
Shanann had been on a work trip to Arizona and arrived home in the early hours on August 13.
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Her colleague, Nickole Utoft Atkinson reported Shanann missing the following day after she failed to turn up to an appointment and failed to return text messages.
Shannan’s colleague also visited the home of the Watts, where Shanann’s car was parked on the driveway with her daughters two car seats. However, she received no answer.
Shanann’s husband, Chris, played an active role in the search, giving interviews to Denver stations KMGH-TV and KUSA-TV outside his house pleading for his family’s return.
When police searched the family home during a welfare check, they found no search of Shanann or her daughters.
However, they did uncover her phone, keys, car and wedding ring.
Chris was arrested late on August 15, 2018. According to the arrest affidavit, Watts failed a polygraph test and subsequently confessed to murdering Shanann.
According to the affidavit, Watts was having an affair and had asked to separate from Shanann prior to her death.
He told police Shanann had killed her two daughters in response to his request for separation and in a fit of rage, he strangled her in response to the death of his daughters.
His wife’s body was found in a shallow grave on the property of his former employer Anadarko Petroleum.
The bodies of his two daughters were found hidden in oil tanks nearby.
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On November 6, 2018, Watts pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree murder, one count of unlawful termination of pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.
He pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal when the death penalty was removed from sentencing.
He admitted to strangling his pregnant wife Shanann and killing their two children, Bella, 4 and Celeste, 3, who died by asphyxiation due to smothering.
On November 19, Watts was sentenced to five life sentences without the possibility of parole, three to be served consecutively and two to be served concurrently.
He received an additional 48 years for unlawful termination of his unborn child and 36 years for tampering with a deceased body.
As a result, Watts will never be released from prison.
In December 2018, he was moved from prison to an ‘out-of-state’ location due to security concerns.
He was officially placed at Dodge Correctional Institution, a maximum-security prison, in Waupun, Wisconsin.
Notable current and former inmates include grave robber, Ed Gein, murderer Chris Coleman, John Flammang Schrank who attempted to assassinate Theodore Rossvewelt and murder and kidnapper Jake Patterson.
American Murder: The Family Next Door premieres Wednesday, September 30 on Netflix
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