Colorado's father Chris Watts pleaded guilty to the murders of his family on November 6 in Greeley.
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BODY, Colo – A Colorado father was blamed killing his pregnant wife and two guys admitting guilty to all charges on Tuesday.
Christopher Watts, 33, of Frederick admitted his guilt for the untimely termination of pregnancy, five accusations of first degree murder, and three counts of violating a dead human body.
Weld County Attorney, Michael Rourke, will not seek the death penalty in the Watts welfare case, which asks himself to be incriminated for all nine measurements, his office said.
At a press conference, Rourke said the Shanann Watts family had asked his office not to seek capital punishment, adding that the prosecutors had decided about four days ago.
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"He made the choice to take these lives, I do not want to be able to make the choice to take," said Rourke, who told him Shanann Watts family members.
The parents of Shanann Watts and her brother were in the courtroom. Her brother stared at Watts firmly for the duration of the hearing, which lasted about 30 minutes.
Watts was arrested on 15 August in Frederick, about 25 miles north of Denver, just 24 hours after demanding the safe return of his missing wife and two young girls, Bella and Cece, to television interviews.
The body of Shanann Watts, 34, was found in a shallow tomb owned by Anadarko Petroleum, one of the nation's largest oil and gas manufacturers. Her husband was working for the company.
The bodies of Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, were found in oil tanks near.
Without the need to seek the death penalty, Rourke said that the Shanann Watts family's transfer through a lengthy legal process would be unfair. Discussions with Chris Watts' defense group on a co-operation agreement began several weeks ago.
Colorado's dad convicted of the murder of his pregnant wife and two daughters will not receive the death penalty. Weld County Attorney General agreed not to seek the death penalty in return for Christopher Watts to admit his guilt in all nine categories.
At first, Chris Watts told the police that his wife was strangling his daughters after telling her that she wanted a separation, according to the conception papers. He then admitted to suppress Shanann Watts in a fear of rage.
"The spotlight that tried to get back to Shanann – has been falsely, erroneously and honestly corrected, a lie," Rourke said. "The spotlight shines directly from where it belongs: on it."
His conviction is scheduled for 10:30 am. MST on November 19th. He will face an automatic life sentence, according to Colorado law.
Investigators have stated in court documents that they know what motivation Chris Watts has to kill his family. He "took an active part in a case with a colleague," but Rourke would not work.
► August 23: The mysterious photo shows Chris Watts, a husband before the killings
► August 21: Chris Watts, accused of murdering a woman, child, is accusing him
The public records will be unsealed after the conviction, and Rurk said he would give more details.
"The objection to guilt for each of them counts, mentioning each of these victims – Shanann, Bella, Celeste and Nico (their unborn son) – was an important issue," Rourke said. "It is worth a death penalty for each act above the other."
Contribution: The Associated Press. Follow Swanson Sady on Twitter: @sadyswan
► August 20: Chris Watts says he killed a pregnant wife after strangling his daughters
► 18 August: Mom's body was in a shallow tomb near which the daughters were found
► August 17: Colorado children who are well in oil may have been strangled
► August 17: Watching Colorado's mother dark, daughters pulls hundreds
► August 16: The bodies of the missing mom, 2 daughters were found. the father was arrested
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