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Netflix releases trailer on documentary examining Watts family murders

Posted at 8:59 AM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 10:59:07-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Netflix released a trailer Wednesday on a documentary breaking down the disappearance and murders of Shanann Watts and her two daughters committed by her husband Chris Watts.

The true-crime documentary slated to release at the end of September uses "raw, firsthand footage" to examine the case from August 2018 in Frederick, Colorado.

In November 2018, Watts pleaded guilty to killing his pregnant wife and smothering his two daughters, Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4, and disposing of their bodies in oil tanks. He was sentenced to five life sentences. Judge Marcelo Kapcow said three of those sentences will be served consecutively and two concurrently.

During the trial, District Attorney Michael Rourke and Shannan’s family hoped he would finally explain why he committed such a horrible crime against his family. Watts said nothing and now Rourke expects him to never explain anything.

According to Rourke, Watts never gave any other account of what happened to his family, other than his one statement in which he claimed his wife had killed their daughters. Prosecutors believe the motivation for the murders was linked to the wife’s suspicion he was having an extramarital affair.

Click here to watch the trailer for the documentary scheduled to premiere on Sept. 30.

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