Friends, community members react to Christopher Watts’ version of events

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

FREDERICK, Colo. -- Court papers released Monday spell out what murder suspect Christopher Watts says happened to his wife and two daughters, whom he is accused of killing.

Christopher Watts claims he told his wife, Shanann, that he wanted a separation.

He said shortly after an emotional discussion with his wife, he found their daughter 4-year-old Bella "sprawled out on her bed and blue and Shanann actively strangling Celeste."

He went on to say he "went into a rage," strangling Shanann Watts to death.

Friends, family and strangers say they are not convinced of his version of events.

"I feel it's always going to be a one-sided story because she's not here to tell her story. And no matter how it happened, it shouldn't have happened," said Renee Beck, a woman who stopped by the Watts memorial outside their home in Frederick.

"I saw Chris Watts' first interview and I said that's not right. Something's not right," added Kathy Reed, who also visited the memorial.

Friends of the family are even more troubled. Most aren't ready to talk about the deaths.

"I can't believe Chris did this," a friend named Marcy said. "The Chris I knew adored his family. This has broken my heart."

Funeral services have not yet been announced.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.