An oil worker accused of killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters and putting their bodies in barrels is in custody pending his trial.
Chris Watts, 33, must spend 23 hours alone in his cell in the Weld County prison in Colorado and is constantly monitored by CCTV to make sure he does not self-harm.
The guards should control him every ten minutes and should make eye contact with him when they do.
Chris Watts (left in court), 33, must spend 23 hours alone in his cell in the Weld County jail in Colorado and is constantly monitored by CCTV to make sure he does not self-injure.
Chris Watts is accused of killing Shanann Watts and children Celeste and Bella (pictured)
He has no privileges and can not access pesos, reading material and television, a source told Crime and Justice of HLN with Ashleigh Banfield.
In his time out of his cell, Watts is taken to a room where he can shower and make phone calls. He does not meet any other prisoner.
Watts was accused of killing Shanann Watts, and his two children Celeste and Bella, aged three and four, last month after their bodies were discovered in an oil field where he worked.
Police later discovered that Watts was actively involved in an affair with a co-worker, something he had initially denied.
Last week, a criminologist claimed that Watts may have committed the alleged murders because he wanted to start a new life with his lover.
Denise Mowder, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at MSU Denver, told the Denver Channel that she believes Watts might have wanted to get rid of her family to be with her.
Denise Mowder, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at MSU Denver, said she believes Watts may have wanted to get rid of her family to be with her.
Christopher Watts is accused of killing Shanann Watts, and his two sons Celeste and Bella (pictured)
"I think he had a vision of another life with this other woman: carefree, without responsibilities," he said. & # 39; Two children and another on the road, that's a big responsibility & # 39;
She added that she was surprised that it had not been a suicide murder.
"I'm quite surprised that he did not commit suicide as well, often going in a pattern," Mowder said.
She said that most cases of men who killed their children were triggered by anger, but 30 percent were caused by conjugal revenge, and ten others say they do not know why.
The day before his arrest, Watts had pleaded for the safe return of his family by saying in an interview on camera: "I just want people to know that I want to get my family back. I want them safe and I want them here. "
Mowder, who was also a prosecutor for several years, said that the fact that Watts was on the news to beg people to try to find his "disappeared" family after his disappearance reveals that he planned to blame an intruder, play the victim and then he starts his new life
"This whole facade was put on right after they started looking for them, that was very strange, and it makes me wonder if I was not trying to find a relationship to be with the girlfriend," Mowder said. & # 39; Someone else did it. I am the poor afflicted father.
Mowder said the fact that he tried to point his finger at his wife was typical of domestic abusers.
Watts, 33, was charged with nine felony counts, including three counts of first-degree murder, on Tuesday morning.
Watts had told the police that he had killed Shanann because she had killed her two children. Investigators did not believe his story and charged him with nine counts of felonies, including three counts of murder in the first degree, two counts of child murders to his credit, one for the termination of a pregnancy and three for handling bodies.
"When he said that she was the one who was strangling the children, I knew at that moment that he was the one who strangled the children, because he can give all the details of what he said he did because he himself did it," he said.
& # 39; It will be hard for the family to hear the lies. And there are some secrets there, I'm afraid. It will be difficult for the jury. It's going to be difficult for the audience to really understand because there is no understanding, "Mowder said.
Watts was arrested last week for the murders of his wife and two children and the affidavit states that he told his wife he wanted to separate when she returned home.
Watts was arrested last week for murdering his wife Shanann and his two young daughters.
Shanann suffered from lupus and was pregnant with her third child. According to her co-worker Nickole Utoft Atkinson, she felt bad during her business trip to Arizona.
"A double joy is a shared joy and a double sadness is not a shared pain", ends the presentation in a round of applause.
He has not pleaded guilty to murder and other felony counts and faces the death penalty if found guilty.
Detectives believe that Watts killed his children first and then killed his 15-week pregnant wife.
During his appearance at the court on Tuesday, Watts lowered his head and remained silent. Shanann's father, Frank Rzucek, wept silently but uncontrollably as the charges were read.
The bodies of the girls were found in barrels and his wife in a shallow grave.
Fans have left toys, dozens of flowers, candles and balloons in the front yard of the $ 400,000 Saratoga Trail in Frederick that the couple bought in 2013.