DENVER – Chris Watts provided local, state and federal investigators with more details about the murders of his wife, Shanann, and his daughters, Bella and Celeste, in interviews at the Wisconsin prison where he is being held, which were conducted last week.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation said Thursday that investigators from CBI, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Frederick Police Department met with Watts on Feb. 18 “for the purpose of developing further insight into the case.”
Prison visitation records show that three investigators visited with Watts starting just after 8:30 a.m. that day.
Convicted murderer Chris Watts’ visitors log from a Wisconsin prison shows law enforcement visiting him on Feb. 18, the day the Colorado Bureau of Investigation says it got more information from him about the killings of his wife and two daughters. #Denver7 pic.twitter.com/ZBZ3AXWLM9— Jace Larson Denver7 (@jacelarson) February 28, 2019
The CBI says that an audio recording of the interview and a written report would be released next Thursday, March 7 via the Colorado Open Records Act for those who have requested the files.
Though the release from CBI Thursday did not disclose any further details about what Watts unveiled in the interview, the Greeley Tribune reports, citing sources close to the investigation, that Watts told investigators how and why he murdered his family – something he himself had not outright discussed previously.
Watts pleaded guilty in November to five counts of first-degree murder, three counts of tampering with a deceased human body and one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy in the August killings of his wife and daughters. As part of his plea deal, prosecutors agreed not to pursue the death penalty, and Watts was sentenced to multiple terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Shanann’s family members have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Watts, which he is not fighting, according to The Denver Post. Video released last week showed Shanann Watts arriving home from a trip to Phoenix – likely the last time she was seen alive before she was killed.