Triple-murder suspect Chris Watts asked the judge to keep names of people who visit him in jail a secret
Chris Watts had allegedly been having an affair around the time that he is said to have killed Shanann, his wife, and Bella and Celeste, his two daughters
In a recent hearing, it was reported that a judge denied the request of Chris Watts, the man accused of killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters, to keep the identities of his visitors in jail under lock and key. The man was allegedly having an affair around the time that he killed Shanann, his wife, and Bella and Celeste, his two daughters. Watts had filed a request asking the judge that the prosecution, as well as members of the public, be denied permission to see who was meeting him in prison. On September 24, however, the judge denied the request to hide the identities of the visitors.
The Daily Mail reported that around the exact same time that this was happening, a strange new twist emerged in the already baffling case. It has been reported that this new information could be crucial on September 25 when the autopsy reports for the three victims are to be submitted to the court.
Motions filed in court over the last couple of weeks by Watts and his attorney have objected to the demands that were made by the prosecution to hand over prints from his hands and feet. The argument presented by Watts was that the prosecution has not given a reason for why they needed the prints. This also came during a time when the autopsy results for the victims had still not been submitted to the court.
The defense attorney's response to the initial request that had been made earlier this month was: "Based on the general nature of the pleading, Mr. Watts cannot make out the government’s need for buccal swabs, finger and palm prints, nor digital photographs. Because of that, Mr. Watts must conclude that the required seizure of Mr. Watts and the subsequent search of his person are unconstitutional for the reasons set forth below."
This could also end up helping the defense because there will probably be very little DNA evidence found on either of the children due to the fact that their bodies had been submerged in an oil tank for almost three days after they were killed. This also took place in the hottest time of the year. Watts had claimed to authorities when the bodies were found that Shanann had murdered the children and he killed her in a rage after witnessing the murders.
Authorities had already found Shanann's body shortly before Watts told them where he had taken the bodies. Shanann can now be exonerated in the death of her two daughters based on the DNA evidence that is found on their bodies. Watts had admitted to killing his wife because he said he had witnessed her strangling their daughters.
If there is a lack of DNA on the bodies, however, it will all come down to how Watts defends the allegations of his wife killing his daughters in court when he takes the stand. On the other hand, the prosecution is trying every method possible to keep the autopsy reports sealed.
In a motion that the prosecutors submitted last week, they said: "Shanann Watts, Bella Watts and Celeste Watts were murdered and their bodies moved from the initial crime scene. There is a great deal of interest surrounding this case and at this time, the cause of the deaths has not been made public. Consequently, the observations and findings contained in the coroner's autopsy report will be critical evidence at trial."
The judge on the case is scheduled to rule on that motion as well as the prosecution's request for Watts' prints sometime this week.