Nearly a year later, on Nov. 18, Weld County Judge Todd Taylor ruled that the Rzuceks, Shanann's parents, were owed $6 million from Watts, their attorney Tom Grant told NBC News.
Watts owes the family $1 million for each of the deaths and another $3 million for emotional pain that will grow in interest by 8 percent each year, The Denver Post reported. But the Rzuceks are unlikely to see the money, and filed the suit merely to prevent Watts from profiting from the deaths should he decide to write a book or sell the rights to his sordid story.
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Watts never fought the suit, and had agreed before the ruling to the $6 million figure, according to The Denver Post.
Watts first told police that his wife and daughters had vanished and he didn't know where they were.
However, in a prison interview, he said he and Shanann had a fight before the murders, during which he said he wanted a divorce, at which point Shanann threatened to take away the girls.
During that interview, Watts told investigators that Bella had walked into his bedroom after he strangled his wife and asked him what was wrong with mommy, according to a 31-page log of the interview. He told them his daughters were in the backseat of his truck for 45 minutes with their mother's body as he drove them to Anadarko Petroleum, where their bodies were eventually found.
He also said he first killed Celeste, dumped the little girl's body in an oil tank, and when he went back to his truck, Bella asked him what happened to her sister and then asked: "Is the same thing going to happen to me as CeCe?"
He said the last words Bella spoke as he killed her were: "Daddy, No!"