Christopher Watts, the Colorado father who was accused of murdering his pregnant wife and their two young daughters, pleaded guilty to multiple charges in their deaths on Tuesday to avoid the death penalty.

Watts, 33, pleaded guilty to a total of nine counts for the murders of his wife, 34-year-old Shanann, and daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, less than three months after the crime took place, KDVR reports.

The charges include five counts of murder in the first degree, three counts of tampering with a deceased human body and one count of unlawful termination of pregnancy, as Shanann was 15 weeks pregnant at the time of her death with a baby boy she planned to name Nico.

Watts plead guilty

By Regina Freitas