Man who ‘confessed’ to killing family demands DNA tests

The Colorado man who cops say confessed to killing his wife and daughters is now mounting a vigorous defense — including filing court papers demanding his legal team conduct its own DNA tests on the bodies of his murdered girls.

The request by accused dad Chris Watts’ public defender suggests that the two young victims, daughters Belle, 4, and Celeste, 3, had been strangled.

In the papers, defense lawyer James Merson unsuccessfully asks a judge to require the swabs be taken so they can be tested for DNA by Richard Eikelenboom, a forensics expert who worked on the JonBenet Ramsey trial.

In 2016, Eikelenboom was rejected as an expert by a Denver court after prosecutors accused him of DNA analysis errors.

The girls’ bodies were found in oil tanks at a petroleum refinery where Watts worked. The body of their mother and Watts’ wife, Shanann, 34, was also found on the property.

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