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Prosecutors Seek Footprint From Chris Watts

The Colorado man is accused of killing his family
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2018 3:45 PM CDT
Chris Watts   (Weld County Sheriff's Office via AP)

(Newser) – Prosecutors want inked footprints from Chris Watts, the Colorado man accused of killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters in August. The request came in the form of a motion filed on Wednesday, Denver7 reports. Investigators reportedly found barefoot impressions at the location where Chris Watts allegedly hid the bodies of Shanann Watts, 34, and daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3. In the motion, prosecutors say they have "developed possible barefoot impressions" from "items of evidence," according to the Denver Post. While the motion does not describe the evidence that yielded the possible footprint, People cites a source who says it is a "non-porous bag."

The bodies were reportedly found last month on property belonging to Anadarko Petroleum—Shanann Watts was in a shallow grave, and her two daughters were found submerged in oil tanks nearby. Chris Watts, who claims he strangled his wife only after she killed both of the children, faces nine felonies, including three counts of first-degree murder. According to another People report from earlier this month, the 33-year-old is on suicide watch, with a source telling the magazine: "He's not doing well at all. The gravity of the situation has hit him like a ton of bricks. Depression is setting in, and he's despondent." (Read more Colorado stories.)

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