Colorado man reaches plea deal in the deaths of his pregnant wife and children

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DENVER (KKTV) - 11 News partner CBS Denver is reporting Chris Watts and his attorneys have reached a plea deal in the highly-watched murder case out of Frederick. Watts is accused of killing his wife, Shanann, and his two young daughters, Bella and Celeste.

Shanann was pregnant with their third child, a boy.

Watts reached a plea deal Tuesday afternoon to avoid the death penalty.

Investigators say Watts killed his family and then dumped their bodies on the property belonging to an oil company. Watts had worked for said company until the allegations were raised.

The girls’ bodies were found in oil barrels and Shanann’s body was found in a shallow grave nearby.

Watts claimed Shanann had killed one daughter and was actively trying to kill the other when he attacked her in an act of passion.

The family’s autopsy reports were never released, but a judge did deny a request to seal them.