Is Chris Watts innocent? That’s exactly what his parents think — or at least want to believe. In a new interview with KMGH, Ronnie and Cindy Watts claim their son — who is accused of murdering his wife and two young daughters — was pushed into a guilty plea.
“He was normal, he didn’t have a temper, he was just easygoing like his dad. He’s not a monster,” Cindy told the Denver-based outlet on Monday. “He’s not a sociopath. He’s not a psychopath.” Ronnie added, “There’s a whole lot of unanswered questions about the case. Everything happened too quick there, from a case status to a plea.”
Authorities, however, begged to differ. The 33-year-old was arrested and charged with first-degree murder for the deaths of Shan’ann, 34, and their daughters Bella, 4 and Celeste, 3, after their bodies were foundon an oil site owned by the company Chris worked for. Shan’ann was also 15 weeks pregnant with a boy, who her family said would have been named Nico.
“Their evidence against him was overwhelming,” a source told People of the Colorado dad last week. “There was some yelling and some crying, but eventually he acknowledged that his life was over after he killed Shan’ann. He would have been facing years of legal challenges, and best-case scenario he would have been acquitted. Worst-case scenario, he gets put to death.”
It wasn’t that long ago, though, that things seemed to be going well between the couple. “❤️He’s my rock!❤️ He takes care of us girls unconditionally!” Shan’ann gushed on Facebook in April. “Thank you baby for holding down the fort this weekend! Love you 😘 .”
Now, his parents are left searching for the truth. “I asked Chris, ‘If you did not do this, do not confess to something you didn’t do,'” said Cindy. “(Chris Watts’ defense attorney) shut me down. She completely shut me down.”
She continued, “It has been so overwhelming. And I feel like I have to do something to help my son. I just need to do something. If he’s not going to fight, I’m going to fight for him.”
Chris is currently being held at the Weld County Jail. His formal sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 19 at 10 a.m.