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Defense DNA request denied in deaths of Shanann Watts, kids

Defense DNA request denied in deaths of Shanann Watts, kids

Attorneys for the man accused of killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters filed motions Friday suggesting that the two girls were strangled, 9Wants to Know has learned.

But Christopher was taken into custody Wednesday night in connection with the murder of his wife - a Clifton native - and two daughters, Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4.

The attorneys requested that DNA swabbing be performed on the girls' necks "in spite of the fact that the remains were in oil for four days".

In 2016, a Denver district court judge rejected Eikelenboom as a DNA expert after he admitted to a prosecutor that he had no direct DNA extraction or analysis experience, that he operated an unaccredited lab, that he failed basic proficiency tests in 2011 and 2012, and that he was "self-trained" in running DNA profiles, the Denver district attorney's office said.

"The hands and nails of the mother should be sampled as well", Eikelenboom wrote, according to the motion.

Husband Christopher Watts, 33, is being held without bail, and faces three counts of murder and three counts of interfering with evidence. The company said Christopher Watts had been employed there, but declined to note when that employment ended. I was just diagnosed with lupus and fibro [fibromyalgia] and I felt like my world was crumbling around me!

Watts said in an emotional interview with NBC's Today Show: 'It wasn't like her not to answer a phone call or a text and when her friend showed up at the door, I was like "something's up".

By all accounts, they appeared to have moved past that, with Shanann Watts posting numerous times this year about her new job at a lifestyle company. KUSA reported on Saturday that court records indicate Shanann Watts' body was found in a shallow grave nearby. Frederick police did not disclose the location of that well.

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DA's office spokeswoman Terasina White said in an email that the court has vacated a scheduled court event but the office will still file charges by the 3:30 p.m. Monday deadline imposed by a Weld County judge.

But he grew anxious, he said, when one of her friends contacted him around noon and said she wasn't responding to messages.

'I came home and it was like I walked into a ghost town. "It was very vague", he said.

According to Facebook, Shanann worked as a brand promoter for Le-Vel, who make a Thrive weight loss and wellness patch, which she can be seen wearing in some pictures. The two women quickly became friends, and before long they were texting or calling each other nearly daily.

The mother, who was pregnant, and daughters vanished Monday from their suburban Denver home.

The document offers the first glimpse into what may have happened to Shanann Watts, 34, and her two daughters when they disappeared Monday. "We honor them on this sorrowful day".

Law enforcement authorities were drawn to consider him a suspect because of his "cavalier" attitude in interactions with the FBI, which has been assisting with the high-priority investigation.


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