The Colorado man who cops say confessed to killing his wife and daughters is now mounting a vigorous defense - including filing court papers demanding his legal team conduct its own DNA tests on the bodies of his murdered girls.
Shannann Watts, 34, and daughters Bella, four, and Celeste, three, vanished on Monday. Police would not disclose where the girls' bodies were found, but said it was near their mother's. He's being held in jail without bond, and his next hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m.
Authorities have not suggested a motive in the killing.
Police did not release any information about how the mother and daughters died. The Watts family had a history of financial troubles as well, having filed for bankruptcy in 2015. That was after they bought their house, an asset valued at $400,000, records show.
Ms Watts had worked in a call centre at a children's hospital at the time.
Still, they were about $70,000 in debt, most of it from student loans and credit card purchases, according to the filings.
One event of note was the couple's abrupt departure from their previous home in North Carolina to move to Colorado. Frankie Rzucek said his sister planned to name her baby boy Niko.
"Little peanut! Lover her/him already!" her husband texted back in June when she sent him a photo of her ultrasound picture, according to a screengrab she posted on Facebook.
Watts was arrested in connection with the death of his pregnant wife, Shanann, and their two children, Bella and Celeste. He was sacked on Wednesday, the same day he was arrested, the company said.
On Friday afternoon, Chris Watts' attorneys filed a motion that "an expert be present at the autopsies to take swabs consistent with what" the DNA expert recommends.
Defense attorneys previously sought the DNA evidence in an effort to bolster their position that someone other than their client committed the murders.
That expert, Richard Eikelenboom, stated, "I have a lot of experience taking samples from dead bodies getting good results after strangulation".
Four days later, their bodies were discovered on the property of an oil and natural gas company Watts worked for.
He now faces three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body, although that could change.
First-degree murder charges are expected to be formally filed against Watts on Monday.
Christopher Watts, 33, was sacked on Wednesday, the day he was arrested, Anadarko Petroleum said.
The following day, Christopher Watts stood in front of a parade of news cameras and told reporters that his children were his life.
He said: "I don't feel like this is even real right now. I just want them to come back". The company said Christopher Watts had been employed there, but declined to note when that employment ended.
Shanann's friend, Amanda Thayer, said she left everything, including her phone, wallet and handbag, inside the house.
"I walked in the house and - nothing", he said.