On Tuesday, Christopher Watts appeared in court for an arraignment. Shanann Watts’ father, Frank Rzucek Sr., cried and shook visibly as District Judge Marcelo Kopcow read the formal charges.
Shanann’s brother, Frank Rzucek Jr., rubbed his father’s shoulders and glared unflinchingly at his brother-in-law. A bailiff stood between them.
Watts, handcuffed and wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, didn’t show emotion. He said “Yes, sir,” when the judge asked if he understood the murder and other felony charges against him and the penalties they carry, including the death penalty. Prosecutors have not yet decided whether to seek death.
Watts waived his right to have a preliminary hearing within 35 days. A judge set a status hearing for November 19.