A few weeks after her son pleaded guilty, Cindy Watts Still wondering why Chris didn’t want a lawsuit, told 9News in Spring Lake, NC that his attorney had cut off contact between Chris and her family. (The attorney did not respond to 9News’ request for comment on this claim.)
“It would have helped us a lot to be able to speak to him,” she said. “I don’t have to go through any of this now. Everything seems to be secret.
After his arrest, Chris asked to see his father and the authorities eventually let Ronnie Watts into the interrogation room, where Chris then claimed he strangled Shanann after she killed the girls.
“It was quite heartbreaking to hear Chris talking to his own father about murdering his wife,” said CBI agent Tammy Lee on Criminal Confessions. “It was the subject of Shanann doing something to the girls that I had just given him before he left the room. But to actually hear that from his mouth was shocking. “
A source close to Chris told People at the time that he accepted the plea because “there was physical evidence and his own words that would convict him. His story didn’t work out. He got angry. He didn’t want to plead guilty. But he really had no choice, given the evidence. It took a little while to get around, but he did. “
“There was some screaming and some crying,” the source also said. “But he finally admitted that his life was over after killing Shanann. He would have been on trial for years and, at best, would have been acquitted. In the worst case, he will be executed. “
Chris “isn’t the sociopath next door. He’s not a psychopath, “Cindy insisted on 9News. Despite his confession, she still wondered if Chris had really killed the children – but one way or another, “I am terrified at the thought of him doing this to death,” she admitted. “It scares me to death when I think about how he could have done any of this. And I don’t want to go there. I don’t want to go there now. “