Anthony Todt Convicted of Killing His Wife, Children, and Dog – What We Know!

Anthony Todt listens to closing arguments in his quadruple murder trial on Thurs., April 14, 2022. (Image via screengrab from the Law&Crime Network.)

Anthony Todt listens to closing arguments in his quadruple homicide trial on Thurs., April 14, 2022.

A former bodily therapist has been convicted by a Florida jury of murdering his spouse and three kids between Dec. 14 and Dec. 18, 2019.

Anthony Todt, 46, was accused of killing his spouse Megan, 42, alongside along with his 13-year-old son Alek, his 11-year-old son Tyler, and his 4-year-old daughter Zoe. All 4 victims have been discovered with rosaries of their fingers, a prosecutor stated throughout closing arguments. A household canine was additionally killed.

The jury convicted the defendant as charged on each single depend.

The quadruple killings resulted within the defendant’s arrest on Jan. 13, 2020 on homicide and animal cruelty prices. Prosecutors didn’t search the demise penalty.

“The rationale why we’re right here in the present day is management,” Assistant State Legal professional Danielle Pinnell stated throughout closing arguments. “The defendant wished management.”

Pinnell advised the jury {that a} sister known as legislation enforcement to ask for a wellbeing test on Dec. 29, prosecutors asserted. The defendant had beforehand used the victims’ telephones to inform family members that everybody in his household was sick across the holidays. Ultimately, the alleged excuses “didn’t sit proper” with the sister, Pinnell stated.

The sister known as legislation enforcement, and the native constabulary discovered the victims at their dwelling.

“Legislation enforcement opened the door,” the prosecutor stated, “and that’s once they found every little thing.”

The defendant remained “misleading,” the prosecutor asserted.

Anthony Todt speaking to detectives.

Todt allegedly advised a detective that “based mostly upon their beliefs, they bring about their kids into this world, they need to simply determine once they depart.”

“The defendant wished management,” the prosecutor reasserted — management over the lives of his three children and of his spouse.

The defendant at one level blamed his spouse Megan for the killings. He claimed she killed the youngsters by feeding them a poisoned dessert, murdered all three whereas they slept, after which killed herself.

Protection lawyer Alesha Smith stated throughout closing arguments that there have been “holes,” “gaps,” and “affordable doubt” within the state’s case.  

Among the many points, Smith stated, have been that a few of the post-mortem outcomes couldn’t “rule out or provide the true reason behind demise,” together with whether or not smothering or strangulation occurred — partially as a result of the stays have been decomposed.

Tyler, Megan, and Alek died by “homicidal violence by unspecified means,” Smith stated; the lively drug in Benadryl was additionally of their techniques.  Megan additionally suffered from stab wounds.  Zoe, Alek, and Tyler’s our bodies confirmed proof of “postmortem” stab wounds.  However Megan, the spouse and mom, had two wounds, every about eight inches deep, which have been inflicted whereas Megan was nonetheless alive — and Megan additionally had some alcohol in her system.

The protection asserted that the findings advised Megan may have been the killer.

“The proof, the proof, and the testimony introduced right here all through the course of the trial has not confirmed past an inexpensive doubt that Mr. Todt was the one which did these items,” Smith asserted.  “His testimony is that Megan did all of it . . . he got here dwelling to his children being lifeless, his spouse was alive however primarily dying — stabbed herself in entrance of him and every little thing.”

Booking photo via Anthony Todt.

Anthony Todt’s Osceola County Jail mugshot.

Pinnell rebutted these arguments by pointing to the timeline.

“The defendant had been in the home for over three weeks as they slowly decomposed whereas he was there,” the prosecutor asserted.

The decomposition is what “prevented” the medical expert from answering the precise questions the protection introduced up, Pinnell stated.

The prosecution stated the defendant admitted he’d been planning the killings since “earlier than Halloween.”

“I did it — simply get this over with,” Pinnell recalled the defendant saying to the authorities. She referred to him as a prepared confessor who wished to verify the police knew precisely what he had achieved.

“There isn’t any affordable doubt on this case,” Pinnell stated on the conclusion of her arguments.

Throughout pretrial proceedings, the protection additionally sought to jettison the fruits of a hospital interrogation by arguing that it occurred earlier than the authorities totally knowledgeable Todt of his Miranda rights.  Two subsequent interrogations additionally occurred, and Todt repeatedly confessed, based on reviews concerning the trial by the Legislation&Crime Community.  The choose rejected arguments that the interrogations ought to be tossed regardless of protection claims that Todt was suicidal and had overdosed on Benadryl; the choose reportedly dominated that the interrogations have been voluntary.

Anthony Todt holds his head in his hands while attorneys confer with a judge about a partially deadlocked jury on Thurs., April 14, 2022.

Anthony Todt holds his head in his fingers whereas attorneys talk to a choose a few partially deadlocked jury on Thurs., April 14, 2022.

Round 5:45 p.m. native time on Thurs., April 14, the jury introduced that it was deadlocked on a few of the counts however had apparently reached a verdict on a few of the others.  The choose initially requested the jury to fill out verdict types as to the counts which resulted in a verdict or verdicts and indicated he would obtain these types in a sealed envelope.  After conferring with counsel, he stated he would enable the jury to maintain the types and would learn an Allen cost to encourage the jury to proceed its deliberations.

At about 6:50 p.m., the choose introduced {that a} verdict had been reached.

As the primary responsible verdict was learn, Todt appeared to evenly sob; he then started to shake his head “no” because the remaining verdicts got here in — and for fairly a while thereafter.  Todt continued to shake his head because the choose adjudicated him responsible.

The protection declined to hunt a pre-sentence report given the obligatory penalties for the crimes of which the defendant was convicted.

After a few fifteen-minute break, the choose proceeded to sentencing.  An aunt to Megan Todt stated Megan had “plenty of empathy for everybody” and a “giving coronary heart.”  Megan was the type of particular person to make soup for sick neighbors, the aunt stated.

She added that the youngsters went to convalescent houses to play recitals for knowledgeable residents across the holidays.  Alek wished to be taught the violin, and Tyler wished to play the people guitar, she stated.

The kids within the neighborhood began asking their fathers in the event that they, too, can be killed, the aunt stated whereas making an attempt to elucidate the ripple results of the murders.  She known as the ordeal a two-and-a-half-year “nightmare,” a “horrific tragedy,” and stated the entire household was “crushed” and “mortified.”

[Image via screengrab from the Law&Crime Network, except as noted.]

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