The eldest daughter of Chris Watts “fought for her life” when her own father was killing her, according to a new episode of “Dr. Phil” which discussed details from the killer’s most recent confession.
Watts recently made a five-hour confession to multiple law enforcement agencies set to be released to media later this week. Dr. Phil McGraw noted that now Watts is claiming that his previous confession was false and that he claims his new story is the truth.
Chris Watts was convicted last year of killing his pregnant wife Shanann and their daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, with his bare hands. Late last year, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murders.
Steven Lambert, an attorney for Frank and Sandy Rzucek, Shanann Watt’s parents, explained on Tuesday’s episode that Chris murdered Shanann after she returned home from a business trip. Shanann’s parents were briefed on the newest confession and they relayed the contents of it to Lambert.
“In that [second] fight, he essentially confessed to having an affair, that he wanted a divorce and that it was pretty much over between them and she had said something to the effect of ‘well, you’re not going to see the kids again,’” Lambert said. “As a consequence of that conversation, he strangled her to death.”
Bella, their 4-year-old daughter, then walked in.
“From our understanding, Bella did not witness the actual killing of her mother Shanann,” Lambert said. “It was during the process of him trying to dispose of her mother’s body.”
He said that Bella walked in and asked him “What are you doing with Mommy?’
She was “quite smart,” Lambert said, adding that she knew “something was up.”
Chris told her, according to Lambert, that Shanann was sick and that they needed to take her to the hospital.
He explained that Chris wrapped the mother up in a sheet, according to the newest confession before taking the body out to his truck and backing it up the driveway. Footage of him backing up the truck was caught on surveillance video. He then, according to Lambert’s understanding of Chris’s new confession, put his daughters into the truck along with their mother’s body and drove about 40 miles away to the oil site where the bodies were later found. After dumping Shanann’s body in the dirt, he picked up Celeste’s favorite blanket and smothered her to death. Bella may have witnessed the killing of her sister Celeste, or Cece.
Chris took Cece’s body out of the vehicle and at this point, Bella unbuckled herself and asked her dad not to kill her.
Bella pleaded with him, “Daddy please don’t do to me what you just did to Cece.”
Then, he killed Bella who put up a fight, according to Lambert. “From what we’ve been told, there was a struggle from Bella. There were signs that she fought for her life.”
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation plans to release the audio from the five-hour interview they had with Chris Watts on Thursday. The second part of the special is scheduled to air on Monday, March 11.
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