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Florida man found guilty of killing wife, 3 kids

After hours of deliberation Thursday, the jury reached a guilty verdict in the murder trial of Anthony Todt, the Celebration man accused of killing his wife, three children and family dog ​​in 2019. He was found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder and one count of animal cruelty.”A jury has unanimously determined after listening to the evidence that you, Anthony John Todt, are a destroyer of worlds,” Circuit Judge Keith A. Carsten said. Todt was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the killings of his four family members: Megan Todt, 42, and the couple’s children Alek, 13, Tyler, 11, and Zoe, 4. The judge sentenced him to one year in county jail for his dog Breezy’s death. Todt did not face the death penalty. The State Attorney’s Office for the Ninth Judicial Circuit previously decided against it. In court documents, former state attorney Aramis Ayala cited “serious concerns regarding the mental health of the defendant.” The victims’ family members had the opportunity to speak before the sentencing began. “It’s been a nightmare for two and half years. Tony crushed his whole family by doing this,” Cynthia Copco, Megan’s aunt and the Todt children’s godmother, said. She was so kind, full of empathy,” Copco said. Todt also spoke up towards the end of the hearing. “This is a personal catastrophe in everybody’s life including myself. I maintain my innocence,” he said. His lawyer encouraged him to sit down. Todt’s lawyers will have 30 days to appeal his sentencing. In the afternoon hours on Thursday, the jury announced it was deadlocked on some of the counts. A deadlocked jury is one that didn’t unanimously agree on a verdict, so they were sent back to continue deliberating into the evening. Closing statements The day started with the judge giving the jury instructions on how to deliberate and come to a verdict. Then the state and defense gave their closing arguments. The state attorney addressed the inconsistencies between what Todt told detectives in an interview in 2020 and what he told jurors in his testimony yesterday. She says what he told detectives in the initial interview makes more sense with the evidence, which is that he and his wife Megan planned to kill the family together, but that he carried out the killings. “How the defendant describes going into each child’s room and killing each of his children is consistent with all of the evidence that was found on scene,” Pinnell said. While on the stand Wednesday, Todt told a different story, saying Megan was the one who killed the kids and herself. He says in his initial interview, he was likely trying to cover up for her.”There are holes, there are gaps, and there is reasonable doubt,” the defense said. Todt’s lawyers argue the inconsistencies make what really happened unclear.”His testimony is that Megan did it all, he wasn’t acting at her direction, he wasn’t acting with her. He came home to his kids being dead. His wife was alive, but essentially dying, stabilized herself in front of him and everything. The evidence in testimony has not been able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Todt was the one that did these things,” the defense said. The jury in the Anthony Todt murder trial has been deliberating since around noon Thursday. he standWednesday marked day three of Anthony Todt’s murder trial.The former Connecticut physical therapist is accused of killing his wife, three kids and their family dog ​​in their Celebration home.The state rested its case. The defense began their presentation by calling Anthony Todt to the stand. On Tuesday, jurors saw a video of Todt confessing to killing his family. But on the stand Wednesday, he said that’s actually not what happened.”I put my hands over her mouth and a pillow over top of her until she stopped,” Todt said in a recorded interview with detectives in January of 2020.In that recording , Todt admits to suffocating his daughter Zoe, suffocating and stabbing his two sons Alek and Tyler, as well as suffocating his wife Megan after he says she stabbed herself. In the interview, he says he and Megan planned the deaths together after watching videos about the afterlife. But while on the stand today, he told a different story. Todt said when Megan started to get sick with Lyme disease and depression and after she suffered miscarriages, he says she began practicing a Hinduism-based religion with an afterlife component. He got home sometime between Dec. 14 and Dec. 18 of 2019 which is when he says Megan told him she had killed their kids.Then, he says one day, he came home and Megan showed him a suicide note.” kids were dead and Zoe is my little angel. That’s the first one I went to,” Todt said. He describes finding all three children dead, then seeing Megan stab herself on the bed. He says he yelled for help out the window but didn’t leave to find it. Instead, he began looking for cellphones he says Megan put away.”If I left her, I thought she was going to die. I thought in my decision-making, the best chance was for her to tell me where the phones were,” Todt said. He says Megan told him she wanted to be with their kids before she died. I felt like a failure. I wasn’t there the night my kids died. I felt like a failure. I decided I wanted to be with my family, that I wanted to die, that I deserved to die,” Todt said. “She had blood on her shirt and after that, after I said a few uncolored words to her, I went and discovered the kids. I went into the rooms and found them dead.”Megan Todt and her three children had been dead for “ at least a couple weeks” before they were found, according to a medical examiner. When asked about the contradictions between the interview and his statements, Todt said two years ago, he was likely taking responsibility for his wife and was trying to cover for her .

After hours of deliberation Thursday, the jury reached a guilty verdict in the murder trial of Anthony Todt, the Celebration man accused of killing his wife, three children and family dog ​​in 2019.

He was found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder and one count of animal cruelty.

“A jury has unanimously determined after listening to the evidence that you, Anthony John Todt, are a destroyer of worlds,” Circuit Judge Keith A. Carsten said.

Todt was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the killings of his four family members: Megan Todt, 42, and the couple’s children Alek, 13, Tyler, 11, and Zoe, 4. The judge sentenced him to one year in county jail for his dog Breezy’s death.

Todt did not face the death penalty. The State Attorney’s Office for the Ninth Judicial Circuit previously decided against it. In court documents, former state attorney Aramis Ayala cited “serious concerns regarding the mental health of the defendant.”

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The victims’ family members had the opportunity to speak before the sentencing began.

“It’s been a nightmare for two and half years. Tony crushed his whole family by doing this,” Cynthia Copco, Megan’s aunt and the Todt children’s godmother, said.

The godmother said all she has are pictures and memories of the kids and Megan who she missed.

“Megan was the gentlest person. She was so kind, full of empathy,” Copco said.

Todt also spoke up towards the end of the hearing.

“This is a personal catastrophe in everybody’s life including myself. I maintain my innocence,” he said.

His lawyer encouraged him to sit down.

Todt’s lawyers will have 30 days to appeal his sentencing.

In the afternoon hours on Thursday, the jury announced it was deadlocked on some of the counts.

A deadlocked jury is one that didn’t unanimously agree on a verdict, so they were sent back to continue deliberating into the evening.

Closing statements


The day started with the judge giving the jury instructions on how to deliberate and come to a verdict. Then the state and defense gave their closing arguments.

The state attorney addressed the inconsistencies between what Todt told detectives in an interview in 2020 and what he told jurors in his testimony yesterday.

She says what he told detectives in the initial interview makes more sense with the evidence, which is that he and his wife Megan planned to kill the family together, but that he carried out the killings.

“How the defendant describes going into each child’s room and killing each of his children is consistent with all of the evidence that was found on scene,” Pinnell said.

While on the stand Wednesday, Todt told a different story, saying Megan was the one who killed the kids and herself.

He says in his initial interview, he was likely trying to cover up for her.

“There are holes, there are gaps, and there is reasonable doubt,” the defense said.

Todt’s lawyers argue the inconsistencies make what really happened unclear.

“His testimony is that Megan did it all, he wasn’t acting at her direction, he wasn’t acting with her. He came home to his kids being dead. His wife was alive, but essentially dying, stabbed herself in front of him and everything. The evidence in testimony has not been able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Todt was the one that did these things,” the defense said.

The jury in the Anthony Todt murder trial has been deliberating since around noon Thursday.

Todt takes the stand

Wednesday marked day three of Anthony Todt’s murder trial.

The former Connecticut physical therapist is accused of killing his wife, three kids and their family dog ​​in their Celebration home.

The state remained its case. The defense began their presentation by calling Anthony Todt to the stand.

On Tuesday, jurors saw a video of Todt confessing to killing his family. But on the stand Wednesday, he said that’s actually not what happened.

“I put my hands over her mouth and a pillow over top of her until she stopped,” Todt said in a recorded interview with detectives in January of 2020.

In that recording, Todt admits to suffocating his daughter Zoe, suffocating and stabbing his two sons Alek and Tyler, as well as suffocating his wife Megan after he says she stabbed herself.

In the interview, he says he and Megan planned the deaths together after watching videos about the afterlife.

But while on the stand today, he told a different story.

Todt said when Megan started to get sick with Lyme disease and depression and after she suffered miscarriages, he says she began practicing a Hinduism-based religion with an afterlife component.

He got home sometime between Dec. 14 and Dec. 18 of 2019 which is when he says Megan told him she had killed their kids.

Then, he says one day, he came home and Megan showed him a suicide note.

“She said the kids were dead and Zoe is my little angel. That’s the first one I went to,” Todt said.

He describes finding all three children dead, then seeing Megan stab herself on the bed.

He says he yelled for help out the window but didn’t leave to find it.

Instead, he began looking for cellphones he says Megan put away.

“If I left her, I thought she was going to die. I thought in my decision-making, the best chance was for her to tell me where the phones were,” Todt said.

He says Megan told him she wanted to be with their kids before she died.

He says that led him to several suicide attempts.

“I couldn’t help my wife pass. I felt like a failure. I wasn’t there the night my kids died. I felt like a failure. I decided I wanted to be with my family, that I wanted to die, that I deserved to die,” Todt said. “She had blood on her shirt and after that, after I said a few uncolored words to her, I went and discovered the kids. I went into the rooms and found them dead.”

Megan Todt and her three children had been dead for “at least a couple weeks” before they were found, according to a medical examiner.

When asked about the contradictions between the interview and his statements, Todt said two years ago, he was likely taking responsibility for his wife and was trying to cover for her.

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