ANTHONY Todt, the Celebration man accused of killing his wife, three children and family dog in 2019, was found guilty after a jury spent hours deliberating.
He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murders. He was also sentenced to one year in prison for the dog’s death.
The victim’s family members had the opportunity to speak before the verdict was announced.
“It’s been a nightmare for two and a half years. Tony destroyed his entire family with it,” said Cynthia Copco, the aunt of Todt’s wife Megan and godmother to the children.
Copco said all she was left with were the pictures and memories of the children and Megan, who she described as the gentlest person.
“She was so kind, full of empathy,” she said. “They were just fun-loving. All the kids in Celebration they played with. The children would like their fathers: do you want to kill me? …That’s a lot of trauma for a child.”
Todt stood up and protested his innocence. His lawyer encouraged him to sit down.
Before the sentencing, the judge said to Todt: “You are a destroyer of worlds”
He has 30 days to appeal his conviction. The jury had previously deadlocked on some charges.
“It’s a disturbing case‘
Todt was formally charged with four counts of murder and animal cruelty on January 29, 2020 and could have faced them death penalty.
The married father of three children was live at the family’s Disney vacation home with the decomposing bodies for weeks before the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office found him at a welfare check.
It was later revealed that his wife Megan, Alex, 13, Tyler, 11, Zoe, 4, and dog Breezy may have been dead on December 29 when police previously conducted a social check at the request of a family member.
The bodies were in an advanced state of decomposition and one of his sons was partially mummified, police said at the time.
A long delay usually favors the defense, but this particular case has been so publicized and “the evidence is strong,” Jones says, that he doesn’t think it will affect the trial.
“It’s an interesting trial, but a disturbing case,” Jones said.
DEFENSE WANTED PHOTOS THROWN AWAY
Before Todt’s defense team filed a motion to bar the confessions, they tried to suppress “shocking” photos of the decomposed bodies of their alleged victims.
The Grizzly crime scene photos were released shortly after Todt was arrested.
The pictures included the hunting knives he allegedly used, two boxes of Benadryl tablets and a bottle of antihistamine syrup.
Police also found a bloodied mattress, shackles and a gun, according to the criminal complaint.
The defense argued in court documents that the crime scene photos of the bodies were “unduly prejudicial.”
Photos of the bodies have not been released but are expected to be shown to the jury during the trial.
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