Weld County coroner files petition to seal autopsy reports in Christopher Watts case

The Greeley Tribune: Weld County Coroner Carl Blesch filed a petition Monday in Weld District Court asking the autopsy reports in the Christopher Watts homicide case be sealed.

According to a news release from Blesch, a hearing date on the request has not been set.

Last month, Weld District Attorney Michael Rourke submitted a similar motion, asking the autopsy reports for Shanann Watts, 34, and her two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, to be sealed. Christopher is charged with three counts of first-degree murder after deliberation, two counts of first-degree murder of a victim under the age of 12 and by a person in a position of trust, one count of first-degree unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased body in alleged connection to their deaths.

Rourke argued releasing the autopsy reports could make it more difficult to seat an impartial jury, and could taint possible witnesses.

Blesch concurs with Rourke’s reasoning, according to the petition.

The Tribune and other media partners across Colorado have filed a motion contesting the potential seal of the reports.

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