Shanann Watts’ father quietly sobbed as the names of his daughter and granddaughters were read aloud Tuesday during a court appearance for his son-in-law, Chris Watts, who has been charged with their murders.
Chris Watts, 33, faces nine charges, including several counts of first-degree murder for allegedly killing his 34-year-old pregnant wife and his young daughters, Bella and Celeste, ages 4 and 3.
Shanann Watts’ brother, Frankie Rzucek, comforted their father, Frank Rzucek, who cried into his hands and shook his head at the mention of his slain loved ones’ names.
Judge Marcelo Kopcow read the charges aloud as Chris Watts sat stone faced alongside his attorneys.
Wearing an orange jumpsuit and shackles on his wrists and ankles, Chris Watts only replied “yes sir” when asked if he understood the charges against him.
Kopcow noted that if he is convicted of the nine felonies he faces, Chris Watts will spend the rest of his life in jail.
Chris Watts has claimed Shanann Watts killed the children after he asked for a separation and he in turn strangled her in a rage, according to an arrest affidavit.
The Weld County district attorney has the option of seeking the death penalty in the case and has until 63 days after an arraignment occurs to serve notice.
Chris Watts waived his right to having a preliminary hearing within 35 days.
His next court appearance was scheduled for Nov. 19.
As the hearing ended, Frankie Rzucek could be seen staring down his brother-in-law, who was escorted out by deputies.
Chris Watts stared straight ahead as he left the court room.