Apparently, Chris Watts did not want to plead guilty to murder. A source told People that the Colorado dad yelled and cried before confessing to the crime. With the help of his lawyers, however, he quickly realized that he didn’t really have any other choice.
“Their evidence against him was overwhelming,” the source said of the 33-year-old — who was charged with killing his wife Shan’ann Watts, 34, and their daughters, Bella and Celeste. “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.”
Prior to his conviction, Chris pleaded to cameras for the girls’ safe return home. He later changed his story and said he murdered Shan’ann in “rage” because she killed Celeste when he said he wanted to separate.
“There was physical evidence and his own words that would convict him,” the source continued. “His story didn’t work. He got angry. He didn’t want to plead guilty. But he really had no choice, considering the evidence. It took a little bit of time for him to come around, but he did.”
Since then, the former family man hasn’t been coping well. In fact, he was reportedly on “Close Watch Protocol” — a term essentially meaning “suicide watch” — in September.
“He’s not doing well at all,” a separate insider revealed to People at the time. “The gravity of the situation has hit him like a ton of bricks. Depression is setting in, and he’s despondent.”
Chris will be sentenced on Nov. 19 and faces life in prison without the possibility of parole, per the terms of his plea deal.