Defense DNA request denied in deaths of Colorado mom, kids

Defense DNA request denied in deaths of Colorado mom, kids
Jeanna Dietz hugs her daughter Eva, 7, while looking onto memorial on the front porch while others gather for a candle-lit vigil for Shanann Watts and her two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, in front of the Watts’ home on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Frederick, Colo. Authorities are expected to file formal charges Monday against Christopher Watts, an oil and gas worker who authorities said dumped his wife and daughters' bodies on his employer's property. (Timothy Hurst/The Coloradoan via AP)

FREDERICK, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado judge has denied a request by a defense attorney for a man accused of killing his wife and two daughters to require a coroner to collect DNA from the necks of the young girls.

KMGH-TV and the Daily Camera newspaper in Boulder reported the judge said in an order he would not tell the medical examiner’s office involved in the case how to do its job.

About 100 friends and neighbors held a candlelight vigil Friday night outside the family’s home in Frederick, north of Denver.

Police arrested Chris Watts, 33, on suspicion of killing 34-year-old pregnant wife Shanann and their children, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste Watts.

Authorities have not released information about how they died.