Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Colorado man pleads guilty to wife and daughter's murders

Colorado man pleads guilty to wife and daughter's murders

The Colorado man accused of slaying his pregnant wife and young daughters pleaded guilty to their gruesome murders in a deal that would spare him the death penalty.

Because the girls bodies were in oil for three days before they were found, any DNA evidence left on them is likely to have been compromised.

The Rzuceks, Shanann's family, agreed not to pursue the death penalty partly because of the "extraordinary delays" involved, Rourke said. The District Attorney's Office said the family might make a statement at a later date, but they are asking for privacy at this time.

Watts appeared in court Tuesday and pleaded guilty to all nine counts against him, including five counts of first-degree murder, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy, and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body. The following day, August 15, he was arrested for the murders.

Watts will be sentenced November 19 and faces life in prison.

Shanann's parents Frank and Sandra Rzucek are pictured at the press conference after his hearing on Tuesday. "I was not willing to accept a concession above and beyond removing the death penalty". Her mother and brother were also there.

"I was not willing to entertain any further concessions above and beyond removing the death penalty", he said.

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"I don't know how I could have sat in Sandy (Rzucek)'s kitchen and asked her to commit the next 25 years of her life of the criminal justice system", Rourke said.

'That to me was the most important consideration in deciding how to proceed in this a case.

During the plea hearing on Tuesday, he said the falsehood that Shannan killed the children was corrected.

Rourke said investigators believe they have a partial motive for the slayings, but said he wouldn't give details until after Watts is sentenced. Rourke said he was "sick" and "saddened' over the case".

Mr Rourke said he was not willing to dismiss any charges in exchange for the promise of guilty pleas. Watts has claimed Shanann had killed one daughter and was actively trying to kill the other when he attacked her in an act of passion, CBS Denver reported.

Still, he cautioned: Though the family was present for Chris' plea and the subsequent presser, they were "not prepared nor do they want to answer questions at this point". Family members have said she planned to name the boy Nico.

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