Chris Watts ordered to pay $6M to murdered wife's parents

DENVER, Colorado -- A judge ordered Christopher Watts to pay $6 million to the parents of his wife whom he murdered in 2018. Watts ultimately admitted in court that he killed his pregnant wife Shanann Watts and his daughters 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, then dumped their bodies in a Colorado oil field.

The ruling, which was made in November, marks the end of the civil case against Watts.

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Attorneys said it is unlikely that Shanann Watts' parents will ever see any money from the lawsuit. However, the lawsuit keeps Watts from profiting on the murders.

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Officials say Watts never fought the lawsuit.

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Authorities say the figure includes $1 million for each of the deaths (his wife and two daughters), $3 million for emotional pain and is expected to grow at an 8% annual interest rate.

Chris Watts is serving a lifetime prison sentence for his crimes. He confessed to the murders and accepted a plea deal that kept the death penalty off the table for his sentencing.

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