Triple murder suspect Chris Watts is on 'suicide watch' in jail with guards checking his cell every 10 minutes so he doesn't harm himself
Chris had reportedly dumped the bodies of his children in two oil tankers, where he worked and his wife's body was recovered from a shallow grave near the tankers.
Chris Watts, the 33-year-old Colorado oil worker accused of killing his pregnant wife Shanann Watts and two young daughters, has been put on suicide watch in custody as he awaits trial, according to reports.
Chris, who had initially reported them missing and had made a public plea for their return, was arrested as he allegedly admitted to killing them. During the investigation, it was unearthed that Chris was having an affair with a fellow co-worker at the oil company. He reportedly dumped the bodies of his children in two oil tankers in the field where he worked. The bodies were found four days later. Shanann's body was recovered from a shallow grave near the tankers.
Chris now spends 23 hours alone in his cell at Colorado's Weld County Jail and is constantly watched on CCTV to ensure that he doesn't harm himself, according to the Daily Mail. Reports state that prison guards check on him every 10 minutes and that he must maintain eye-contact with them whenever they come.
A prison source told HLN's Crime & Justice with Ashleigh Banfield that the accused reportedly has no privileges and cannot access reading material, television or exercise equipment. Chris is not allowed to meet any other prisoners and in his hour out of his cell, he is taken to a room where he can shower and make phone calls.
Associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at MSU Denver, Denise Mowder, while talking to the Denver Channel, said that she believes Chris may have wanted to get rid of his family to be with his lover.
"I think he had a vision of another life with this other woman — carefree, no responsibilities. Two children and another on the way, that's a big responsibility," Mowder said, adding that she was surprised the case wasn't a murder-suicide.
"I'm pretty surprised he didn't kill himself, too. Oftentimes, it goes in a pattern,' Mowder, who was also a prosecutor for several years, continued. Mowder added that considering Chris went on the news to plead for his "missing" family's return, suggests that he had planned to blame the murders on an intruder and then begin his new life.