A monster dad strangled his two young children before hiding their bodies along with that of their pregnant mother in crude oil tanks.
Lawyers for Christopher Lee Watts, 33, filed a motion on Friday in Weld County, Colorado, asking for DNA to be taken from the necks of the little girls’ bodies, and it strongly suggested they were strangled.
There has been no official cause of death announced in the case, after the bodies of Shanann Watts, 34, and the couple’s two daughters, four-year-old Bella and three-year-old Celeste, were recovered on Thursday from the crude oil field where Christopher worked.
Christopher, 33, is being held without bail and faces three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of evidence tampering.
Christopher Watts’ public defender filed this motion on Friday morning, indicating autopsies for the girls were imminent and requesting DNA swabs from their necks
The new filing by court-appointed defense lawyer Megan Ring asks the judge to allow a DNA expert to be called to examine the bodies of the two young girls, and noted that autopsies were scheduled to be performed on Friday.
The lawyer said she wants to make sure DNA from the little girls’ bodies is maintained and she has not been able to ascertain whether the prosecution is taking steps to do so.
‘It does not seem clear that the coroner, pathologist, or anyone working on behalf of the prosecution team in autopsy plan to take swabs of the necks of the two decedent children,’ she said in a two-page filing to a court in Weld County, Colorado.
She specifically asked for ‘several swabs of the neck’ to be taken, along with control swabs on other parts of the girls’ bodies. She said without a defense expert taking the swabs that evidence could be ‘lost forever.’
Ring asked that DNA expert Richard Eikelenboom be allowed to do the testing, saying that he believed that DNA would remain on the necks of the girls ‘in spite of the fact that the remains were in oil for four days’ – revealing for the first time that the bodies were hidden on Monday.
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