Frederick, Colorado — Chris Watts’ daughter walked in on him while he was disposing of his wife’s body last August, a lawyer representing Shanann Watts’ family told Dr. Phil during an interview that will air Tuesday on WRAL.
Chris Watts, a Fayetteville native, recently shared with investigators more disturbing details in how he killed his wife, Shanann, and their two daughters during an hours-long interview. The FBI and the Frederick Police Department interviewed Watts in the prison where he is serving five life sentences for the 2018 deaths of his wife and daughters.
Based on that prison interview, Steven Lambert, the attorney representing Shanann Watts’ family, told Phil McGraw, host of the talk show “Dr. Phil,” that the couple’s 4-year-old daughter, Bella, walked in on her father disposing of her mother’s body by wrapping it in a sheet.
“Bella walked in and asked, ‘What are you doing with Mommy?’” said Lambert.
According to Lambert, in August 2018, Shanann and Chris got into a fight at their Colorado home.
“They had made up, they were getting along quite well,” said Lambert. “Later on, they got into a fight again. In that fight, [Chris] essentially confessed to having an affair, that he wanted a divorce, that it was pretty much over between them. And [Shanann] had said something to the effect of, ‘Well, you’re not gonna see the kids again.’ As a consequence of that conversation, he strangled her to death.”
After his arrest, Watts told police that he flew into a rage and strangled his wife and daughters, took the three bodies to a remote oil site north of Denver, buried Shanann in a shallow grave and dumped the girls’ bodies inside oil tanks. Police believe Watts killed the three on Aug. 13 after a neighbor’s security video showed Watts backing his pickup truck into his garage around 5:30 p.m.
The bodies of Shanann, who was pregnant, and the girls were found on Aug. 16.
Shanann grew up in Aberdeen and had visited family and friends still living in North Carolina just weeks before her death. She attended Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines and married Chris Watts in Charlotte in 2012.
Dr. Phil’s pre-recorded interview with Lambert airs at 3 p.m. Tuesday on WRAL-TV.