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When Nichol Kessinger started dating Christopher Watts in July, he appeared to be a softspoken man and a thoughtful father who was at the end of divorce proceedings. But she has never doubted that he killed his wife, Shanann, and their two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3. Now that Watts has pleaded guilty to the murders, Kessinger said in an exclusive interview with The Denver Post that she wanted to share her side of the story. Many people have speculated about their relationship after an arrest affidavit revealed that Watts was having an affair with an unnamed woman.
Watts, 33, is scheduled to appear in court Monday for a sentencing hearing after pleading guilty last week to murdering his wife and two children in August and concealing their bodies on a rural Weld County oil site.
If the judge accepts the plea deal, Watts will be sentenced to life in prison for the crimes that drew national attention to the small town north of Denver. Kessinger, a year-old Colorado native, said the brief affair has turned her life upside down as people have named her on social media and discussed the relationship in online forums. Kessinger was working in the environmental department with an Anadarko Petroleum contractor when the two met, she said during a Thursday morning interview in the office of her lawyer, Ed Hopkins.
Every morning, Watts and the other operators would gather in the office break room while they waited to be dispatched to a field site. Kessinger would walk through the group to place her lunch in the fridge, but she never spoke to Watts. One day in the middle of June, he walked into her office to introduce himself. They continued casual conversations.
She noticed that Watts did not wear a wedding ring, and Kessinger, who was single, thought he was attractive. Watts told her that he had two daughters and, after Kessinger asked, Watts said he was separated and at the end of divorce proceedings, she said. When they first met outside of work in late June, Kessinger asked Watts more questions about his divorce. He told her the mutual divorce was almost final, and they were working out financial details, she said.
The two began a physical relationship in early July and saw each other four to five times a week, Kessinger said. She told him she wanted to take it slow and he should focus on helping his daughters adjust to the divorce. When Watts went to visit family in North Carolina at the end of July, he called to tell her that his divorce was final, Kessinger said. Later that month, he asked Kessinger to help him find an apartment that would be good for him and his daughters.
They never spoke about long-term plans for their relationship. Christopher Watts faces nine charges, including several counts of first-degree murder of his wife Shanann and his two young daughters, 4-year-old Bella, and 3-year-old Celeste. Watts faces nine charges, including several counts of first-degree murder of his wife and his two young daughters. Nancy Lee takes a moment after placing flowers at a makeshift memorial for Shanann, Bella and Celeste Watts, outside the family's home on Aug. Frederick police have arrested Shanann's husband, Christopher Watts, on suspicion of killing the three.
Members of the community gather for a candlelight vigil to honor Shanann, Bella and Celeste Watts outside the family's home on Aug. Aubriella Luna, 8, ed others from her community for a candlelight vigil to honor Shanann, Bella and Celeste Watts outside the family's home Aug.
Frederick police have arrested Shanann's husband Christopher Watts on suspicion of murdering the three. According to Christopher Watts's arrest affidavit, Shanann Watts' body was found in a shallow grave near this oil work site, seen here on Aug. Both of her daughter's bodies, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, were submerged for days in the same oil tanks in rural eastern Colorado, prosecutors said.
Colleen Hendrickson and her grandson Ezra Reed, 3, who lives down the street, place flowers at a makeshift memorial to Shanann, Bella and Celeste Watts, who have been missing since Monday, outside the family home on Aug. Residents stand in front of a makeshift memorial for Shanann, Bella and Celeste Watts outside the family's home on Aug. Frederick police have arrested Shanann's husband Christopher Watts on suspicion of killing the three.
On Aug. The two chatted like normal throughout the workday.
About p. He told Kessinger that Shanann had taken the girls to a play date and had not returned. She was shocked at his lies and scared for the missing woman and childrenshe said. In a flurry of long calls and texts that night, Watts changed his story about his split with his wife.
Kessinger barraged Watts with questions: Were there s someone had forced themselves into the home? While at work Aug. He told her he would never hurt his family, she said. Kessinger checked the news in hopes that Shanann and the girls would be found. She met with FBI investigators that day. Her suspicions proved true when police arrested Watts later that night, Aug. Kessinger saw it on the news. Since his arrest, she has never doubted that he killed them.
The story that Watts told police — that he killed Shanann after he saw her strangling one of the girls — is a lie, Kessinger said. By Elise Schmelzer eschmelzer denverpost.
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