Chris Watts, the man accused of murdering his pregnant wife and two daughters, will appear in court for a status conference on Tuesday. The Weld District Attorney’s Office announced the news on Friday, though he wasn’t scheduled to return to court until Nov. 19.
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. She was also 15 weeks pregnant with a boy, who her family said would have been named Nico.
“He’s not doing well at all,” a source told the outlet in September. “The gravity of the situation has hit him like a ton of bricks. Depression is setting in, and he’s despondent.” The source added that with nothing to do, Watts has been spending most of his time in bed. “He sleeps all day and isn’t really talking to anyone, including his family.”
Still, the murder suspect could inherit his slain wife’s estate. Shan’ann died without a will, which means there could be a battle over the assets she left behind. According to Colorado state probate code, if an adult dies without a will, there is a standard succession of inheritance: If the decedent was married, the estate usually goes to the spouse. If there is no surviving spouse, the estate goes to the children. If there is no surviving spouse or children, the estate goes to the decedent’s parents.
This will be the last court hearing for Watts before he is scheduled for an arraignment, where he may enter a guilty or not guilty plea. It is unclear why the initial date was moved.
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