A HEARTBROKEN dad struggled to contain his tears in court as he faced his daughter’s husband who is on trial for her murder.
Frank Rzucek Sr. held his face in his hands as he bitterly wept in a Colorado courtroom on Tuesday, with Chris Watts sitting just feet away from him.
AP:Associated Press Frank Rzucek the father of Shanann Watt, silently weeps in court, next to his son Frankie
Watts, from Oklahoma, is accused of throttling his daughters Bella, four, and three-year-old Celeste before hiding their bodies along with their mum Shanann in oil tanks.
The two girls and their mum disappeared from their family home in Frederick, Colorado, last Monday and Chris went on local television pleading for them to come home.
Frank became emotional in court as it was revealed Watts initially told police it was his wife who murdered the children.
Watts claimed he erupted in rage after Shannan strangled their kids, after he said he wanted a separation.
The Watts family murder – what is known so far:
The bodies of Shanann and her kids were found dumped inside oil tanks at Chris Watts’ workplace Investigators say they were killed at the family home before their bodies were moved Shanann had just landed a glamorous new job which kept her away from home Pals say the mum shared her fears Chris was cheating on her days before her death The couple once filed for bankruptcy and were facing a hefty fine in court next week Chris Watts made an emotional appeal for his missing wife and kids to come home After the appeal, cops reportedly announced he had confessed to killing his family
Facebook Shanann and daughters Bella, four, and Celeste, three, were found dead
AP:Associated Press Christopher Watts is brought in to court for his arraignment hearing at the Weld County Courthouse
Reuters Frank Rzucek, the father of Shanann Watts, reacts during the arraignment hearing of Christopher Watts
Reuters Watts faces nine charges including several counts of first-degree murder of his wife and his two young daughters
Facebook A family friend previously said Chris Watts had very little game with women, but his wife still worried he was cheating
Frank Rzucek Jr., Shanann’s brother, rubbed his grieving father’s back while glaring at Watts who did not enter a plea to any of his charges.
Watts faces three first-degree murder charges, two counts of killing a child under 12, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.
AP:Associated Press The memorial outside the Watts’ family home includes flowers, stuffed animals, and cards
Facebook The couple are pictured together before the death of Shanann and their daughters
Judge Marcelo Kopcow told him he would face the death penalty if found guilty.
Investigators believe the three children were killed in the family home, before the two children were dumped in oil tanks at the Anadarko oil and gas exploration site where Chris worked in Frederick.
Another body, believed to be 15-week pregnant Shannan, was also found nearby.