Why Wasn't Chris Watts Charged in the Death of His Unborn Baby?

Why Wasn't Chris Watts Charged in the Death of His Unborn Baby?

Chris Watts, the man accused of killing his two children and pregnant wife last week, will not be charged in the death of his unborn child due to the definition of murder under state law, a legal expert tells PEOPLE.

“It says quite clearly in the murder statute, in order for a person to be guilty of murder, the victim has to be a person who is both alive and born,” Ian Farrell, assistant professor at The University of Denver Sturm College of Law, tells PEOPLE.

Watts was charged with five counts of first-degree murder. On top of murder charges for his wife and two daughters, two additional charges were added because the children were less than 12 years old.

Shanann, 34, was 15 weeks pregnant when she and her two daughters — Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3 — went missing on Monday, Aug. 13, from the Colorado home she shared with her husband Chris.

Three days later, according to court documents filed by the prosecutor, police discovered Shanann’s body in a “shallow grave” while her daughters were concealed nearby “inside oil tanks” in a field where Chris reportedly worked as an operator until being fired the day before, which was the same day he was arrested.

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In addition to the first-degree murder charges, Chris was charged with three counts of tampering with a deceased body and one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy.

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The laws are specific when it comes to how Chris can be charged in the death of his unborn child — who according to Shanann’s family was a boy that had already been named Niko.

“A homicide conviction would not be available,” Farrell says about Shanann’s pregnancy.

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Chris remains in custody without bond. During a court appearance Tuesday, he did not enter a plea. He is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 19.

His attorney did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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Lena Dunham's Beloved Dog Bowie Dies: 'She Made Me Feel Safe'

Lena Dunham is saying goodbye to her “sweet baby” Bowie.

On Tuesday, the 32-year-old revealed her beloved dog had died.

“As many of you know, in the last 3 months my heart was stolen by an irascible 13 year old Yorkie named Bowie,” Dunham captioned a series of black and white photos on Instagram showing herself with Bowie.

“After spending a lifetime with my sister @scotlan , her home now contained a baby and another on the way and Bowie’s crotchety old self wouldn’t condone it so she came to live with me, and what started as a tentative guardianship became a full scale obsession,” Dunham continued.

Dunham went on to explain that although her time with Bowie was short, they shared a number of memories together including “brunch and therapy.” They also “took at least 5 flights across the US.”

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“We laid our heads in a few very chic hotel rooms and walked up and down the river a million miles. She made me feel safe and strong in a sea of change and reminded me that joy needn’t be diminished by a bunch o’ imperfect body parts (she wielded her 3 teeth/3 working legs in style).”

“After a weekend of rapid decline, I knew it was time to let her go so Scotty and I (along with her super model baby Clementine and her wise, cozy husband @mf.goodtimes) came together to bid her farewell,” Dunham wrote.

“It was peaceful and patient and loving. We laughed and cried like the family that Bowie has made us. Bowie left everyone who saw her, in the street or the airport or the Rite Aid, with a crazy smile.”

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“She made Scotty and my friendship something eternal and deep and boundless. I am so lucky to have been her second mom.”

In honor of Bowie, Dunham revealed she will be donating to See Spot Rescued “for dogs who don’t have homes and dogs who need new ones.”

Unfortunately, Bowie isn’t the only pet Dunham has lost in recent months.

In June, the Girls star mourned the death of her cat Gia Marie.

How do I even begin to type these words: this morning we lost the beautiful Gia Marie. It was sudden and beyond anyone’s control and @greer_lankton_archives_museum and I were holding her in our collective arms during her final moments. Gia loved people, playing wit

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Mighty Ducks' Actor Shaun Weiss Checks Into Rehab After His Shocking Drug Arrest

Mighty Ducks' Actor Shaun Weiss Checks Into Rehab After His Shocking Drug Arrest

Shaun Weiss, the actor who played Goldberg, the goalie in the Mighty Ducks films franchise, revealed he had checked into rehab after he was arrested after appearing high on drugs.

In a lengthy Facebook post that he shared on Tuesday, Weiss, 39, wrote he had made his decision “in an effort to break free from the self-destructive patterns of behavior and drug abuse that have landed me at rock bottom, (to be real… BELOW rock bottom.)”

“I have checked in to a well reguarded , long term rehabilitation center,” Weiss continued “I have surrendered to the reality that without immediate treatment my life is in eminant danger. My spirit was until recently depleted, weak and shrouded by darkness has been renewed by the overwhelming outpouring of love and support from fans of my early work as an actor.”

“Reaching out to me not only on-line , but in person. Everywhere I go, morning, noon and night, folks whom I’ve never met before approaching me with big smiles and hugs, invigorating encouragement, even food. And not junk, the good stuff, grandma’s stuffed peppa’s,” he wrote.

“I hear stories about how much Heavyweights or the Ducks movies impacted their lives or helped them through hard times or just made them laugh over and over. Such a testament to all the blood, sweat and tears everybody put into those flicks during that magical time over 20 years ago. Please believe how medicinal these personal exchanges are for me. Even if you think I’m the knuckle-puck guy or the fat kid from “Hook“. In the midst of my most challenging times, your support is giving me the strength I need to embark down the long road to recovery. (Self… please, DO NOT type the next line),” he added.

Weiss continued telling his fans “You ARE the wind beneath my wings,” adding, “(OMG… you went there. A flying V/ Duck refference ON TOP of a throw-back to classic Bette Midler?… you promised you’d be sober when you wrote this…).”

“In closing, I AM going to recover. I’m determined to return to my old self. My mind is set on health and well being,” he wrote. “To all bridges burned; those who I have: lied to, taken advantage of, manipulated for selfish gains, stolen from… then led the search to help you find what I stole… Relax, I’ll buy you a new one. JUST KIDDING!”

Weiss added he wasn’t a

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Meryl Streep Lists $24.6 Million N.Y.C. Apartment—See Inside Her Vintage-Style Penthouse

Meryl Streep Lists $24.6 Million N.Y.C. Apartment—See Inside Her Vintage-Style Penthouse

Meryl Streep is letting go of her N.Y.C. digs.

The actress’s 3,944-square-foot Tribeca penthouse sits high above the Hudson River on the 24th floor of River Lofts apartment building, and features a 10-foot-wide outdoor terrace that would possibly even make Miranda Priestley from The Devil Wears Prada jealous.

The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom abode is located in a luxury building with a concierge, full-time doorman, courtyard and garage, and the space itself is all laid out on one floor. The lavish apartment is listed for $24.6 million by Jan Hashey and Steve Halprin of Douglas Elliman, who declined PEOPLE’s request for comment on the property.

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Residents of the home can enter directly through a secured elevator through a gallery and into a cozy living and dining room. The living space has ample sitting room, with Streep opting to place an L-shaped sofa, two chaise lounges and two sitting chairs in the space.

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The actress seemingly shows her home style through art, with eclectic paintings hanging all over the open floor plan, including a camping scene displayed above the modern wood-burning fireplace.

The chic kitchen features modern appliances like a Sub-Zero refrigerator, two Miele ovens, a 6-burner cooktop, a Bosch dishwasher and a dark butcher block island, giving the room extra counter space.

Both West and North water views give the large master suite tons of natural light, and added features include two separate baths, two dressing areas, a massive walk-in closet and a unique sitting area all connected to the room.

In one sitting room in the house, Streep decorated with a pink settee, an old wooden desk and a yellow and pink floral mirror on the wall. In another leading out to the patio, she placed a purple sofa as a statement piece in the room that features built-in bookshelves for her massive collection of reading material.

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According to Curbed, the Mamma Mia! actress is headed to the West coast, as she snagge

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5 Style Rules We Learned From Lauren Conrad and Co. on The Hills, In Honor of the Show's Reboot

Hard to believe, but over 12 years ago, Lauren Conrad‘s destiny was still unwritten: The Hills took to the airwaves (and took over your life) on May 31, 2006. It was a simpler time, when Lauren and Heidi Montag (now Heidi Pratt) were still best friends, “Speidi” was a nickname for Spider-Man and Audrina Patridge was just the bikini-clad girl next door. Little did we know, the Laguna Beach spinoff would become a phenomenon — not only for the cast’s relationship trials and tribulations but also for the way their Cali-girl style completely transformed your wardrobe for a few years in the late ’00s.

Now eight years after the show’s series finale, MTV announced they’re bringing it back with The Hills: New Beginnings, slated to premiere in 2019. The show will reunite original cast members — alongside their children, friends and returning favorites, and follow their personal and professional lives while living in Los Angeles. But two OG cast members will noticeably be absent: LC and Kristin Cavallari.

In honor of the reboot, we present the five most salient fashion rules we picked up from LC, Heidi, Audrina and Whitney  during their time on the show. Sing it with us now, “Feel the rain on your skin…”

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Rule 1: Always have a Chanel bag.
In season 1, LC was given the gift of a every fashion girl’s dream accessory: a classic quilted Chanel bag, courtesy of then-boyfriend Jason Wahler. And ever since that high-fashion moment, she, along with her co-stars, was rarely seen without the super-luxe label dangling from one shoulder throughout the series, right up until her final dramatic exit from the series.

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Rule 2: Strapless tops are for the da club — not the office.
In season 3, Whitney Port gave a presentation at Teen Vogue‘s New York office while wearing a strapless floral number. Although she looked adorable, her boss Lisa Love informed her she “heard about the dress” she wore all the way back in L.A. (read: It was the talk of the office, and not in a good way.) So, ladies, take the wise Love’s advice and leave your sweet, strapless tops for Les Deux — not your 9 to 5.

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Rule 3: There’s no wrong way to wear a Going Out Top.
After hours, it was those strapless tops’ time to shine. Whether LC and co. were hitting up Area or even their local sushi spot, they were almost certainly

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