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Chris Watts case: Prosecutors seek defendant's inked barefoot impressions

Posted: 3:40 PM, Sep 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-19 23:29:04Z
Prosecutors seek Chris Watt's inked footprints

WELD COUNTY, Colo. — In a motion filed in court Wednesday, prosecutors in the Chris Watts case are seeking inked footprints of both the defendant’s left and right foot.

The request for Watts’ prints comes after investigators discovered possible barefoot impressions at the scene where the victims’ bodies were located, according to court documents.

According to records released thus far, the bodies of Shanann and her two daughters were found on property belonging to Anadarko Petroleum Company. The bodies of Celeste and Bella were hidden inside an oil tank and Shanann’s was buried nearby in a shallow grave, the documents say.

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Watts was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in their deaths, though he claimed that Shanann killed their daughters before he killed her at their home in Frederick. Police and prosecutors have not said officially how any of them died, though court records suggested they were strangled.

In earlier filings this week, prosecutors asked the judge to keep the autopsy reports private until the trial is underway, arguing the findings “could result in tainting witnesses that have not yet been interviewed” and could impact future jurors in the case.

It’s unclear how soon a judge might rule on the latest motions from prosecutors. Watts remains jailed in Weld County as he awaits a status conference set for Nov. 19.