Chris Watts' parents defend him, say Shanann was abusive and that she isolated him from his family
Ronnie and Cindy Watts have said that their son isn't a 'sociopath' even though he confessed that he killed his pregnant 34-year-old wife Shanann
Colorado murderer Chris Watts' parents have finally spoken out about their son just a week after he pleaded guilty to murdering his pregnant wife and their two young daughters.
Ronnie and Cindy Watts have said that their son isn't a "sociopath" even though he told them that he killed his pregnant 34-year-old wife Shanann. Cindy spoke candidly to the Denver Post on November 12 and said: "I know he confessed, but he was railroaded into it."
Watts pleaded guilty on November 6 to the murders of Shanann and their two daughters — 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste — in August after he struck a plea deal with the prosecutors. This meant that the 33-year-old father-of-three will not be facing the death penalty but Cindy said she told him not to confess to a crime he didn't do.
The couple also claimed their son was not a “monster” despite pleading guilty to murdering his wife and two young daughters. Ronnie and Cindy said their son was once easygoing and “normal.”
“He was in sports from when he was 5 until 17 years old,” Cindy told WTVD. “He was normal, he didn’t have a temper, he was just easygoing like his dad. He’s not a monster."
The couple claimed their son changed when he married Shanann, alleging the couple had an abusive relationship and Shanann isolated Chris from his family. “It was a very hard relationship,” Cindy said. “It was a very hard relationship with her as far as I’m concerned. I couldn’t do anything right.”
They said they find it difficult to believe Chris would hurt his daughters. They believe the story that Chris killed his wife after he saw her strangling their daughters to death. "The story he told me that night, I believed it: The way he looked at me, the way he was crying, I believed it,” Ronnie recounted.
Cindy said: "I want him to take back the plea deal." The mother also told ABC 7 Denver that she believes the lawyers are only thinking about how to get her son out of a death penalty hearing.
To the mother, however, saving her son's life and spending his life in prison isn't very different. She said: "He's going to die in prison. I just want him to fight. I don't want him to take this plea deal. I want him to plead not guilty to the children." Ronnie also said: "If he didn't kill the children, I want him to face that and let them prove it."
Ronnie also said that they are still looking for answers to quite a lot of the questions that were brought up in the case. He added: "Everything happened too quick there, from a case status to a plea."
Watts initially denied the murders that happened in August this year but has now pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty. 34-year-old Shanann and the couples' two daughters were found dead in August inside oil tanks in Weld County just days after Watts reported them missing and went on live TV begging for the "kidnappers" to bring his family home.
The plea deal was approved by Shanann's family after they made it clear to the district attorney that they did not want Watts to die like the way he ended the lives of his family. The family did not say a word during the hearing and watched as the DA announced the verdict.
After the hearing, Weld District Attorney Michael Rourke revealed at a press conference that Shanann's family did not want Watts to be executed. According to Rourke, the pregnant woman's mother Sandra Rzucek, told him: "He made the choice to take those lives. I do not want to be in the position of choosing to take his." Rourke also added that one of the factors in that decision was the upcoming gubernatorial election which could determine if a governor would even enforce the death penalty in the state.
During the plea hearing, Rourke said that the claims by Watts that his wife had killed his daughters were finally put to rest. He said: "The spotlight that he tried to shine on Shanann, falsely and incorrectly — a flat out lie — has been corrected. The spotlight shines squarely on him."