CRIME

Utah Teacher Admits Murdering Ex’s Girlfriend In Front Of Kids

Chelsea Watrous Cook pleaded guilty Friday to a variety of charges including aggravated murder, three firearm felonies and two misdemeanor counts of committing a violent offense in the presence of a child.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Utah teacher pleaded guilty Friday to murder charges in the shooting death of her ex-husband’s girlfriend, who was killed in front of the former couple’s 3-year-old twins.

Chelsea Watrous Cook slipped inside her ex-husband’s apartment and killed Lisa Vilate Williams while she and the children decorated a Christmas tree in 2018, prosecutors said.

Cook had drawn her ex outside his apartment with a message about dropping off cold medicine for the children, then ducked inside, authorities said. She refused to leave when he returned, and locked herself in the bathroom as he called 911.

Seconds later, she left the bathroom, grabbed a gun from her coat and fired the fatal shots, according to charging documents. Her ex-husband Travis Cook told the children to run into their rooms and lock the doors. He pinned his ex-wife to the wall and waited for police to arrive.

In an agreement with prosecutors, she pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, three firearm felonies and two misdemeanor counts of committing a violent offense in the presence of a child.

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