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Chris Watts Will Not Fight Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed By His Wife Shanann's Family

This means Chris Watts won't be able to profit if he decides to write a book about killing his family: pregnant wife Shanann and daughters Bella and Celeste.

By Gina Tron

Chris Watts will not be fighting the wrongful death lawsuit filed against him by the family of his late pregnant wife, whom he killed last year along with their two daughters.

Late last year, Watts was sentenced to life in prison without parole for each of the three August murders he committed in their home. He eventually, after many lies, confessed to strangling his wife, Shanann, 34, and daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste 3. He was also given 48 years for the life of the unborn child that Shanann was 15 weeks pregnant with.

Attorney Steven Lambert, who is representing Shanann’s parents, told the Denver Channel that he has spoken to Watts about the wrongful death lawsuit that they filed back in November.

“We have talked to him and he admitted to us as well that there was a felonious killing,” he said. “Based on our conversations with him, he is not fighting this.”

The lawsuit has been filed to ensure that profits from the sale of the family’s home, where Chris killed all his family members with his bare hands, go to Shannan’s family. Watts would also be unable to make any money if he wrote a book about the tragedy.

The nation became gripped with the case, not just because of how heinous it was, but because of Watts’ glaring lies and his initial attempts to portray himself as a worried husband and father, concerned about his “missing” family.

Watts killed them all to seek a "fresh start,” District Attorney Michael Rourke said at his sentencing.

It appears that fresh start included co-worker Nichol Kessinger, who he'd been having an affair with in the weeks leading up to his family's murders. Court documents reveal that he was lying to both his wife and his mistress: telling his wife that nothing was wrong while she desperately tried to fix their marriage, all while telling his mistress that it was his wife who gave up on his marriage.

[Photo: Associated Press]