ANTHONY Todt, the Celebration man accused of killing his wife, three children and family dog in 2019, has been found guilty after many hours of jury deliberation.
Todt was found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder and one count of animal cruelty.
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 were given the opportunity to speak before sentencing.
“It was a nightmare for two and a half years. Tony crushed his entire family with it,” said Cynthia Copco, aunt of Todt’s wife Megan and godmother of the children.
Copco said all she had left were photos and memories of her children and Meghan, whom she called the sweetest person.
“She was so kind, full of sympathy,” she said. “They were just funny. All the kids at Celebration that they played with. Children would do the same as their fathers: will you kill me? … This is a big trauma for the child.
Todt stood up and declared his innocence. His lawyer asked him to sit down.
Before sentencing, the judge told Todt, “You are the destroyer of worlds.”
He will have 30 days to appeal the verdict. The jury had previously deadlocked on some counts.
“THIS IS A REQUIRED CASE‘
On January 29, 2020, Todt was formally charged with four counts of murder and cruelty to animals and could now face the death penalty.
The married father of three lived in the family’s Disneyland vacation home with decomposing bodies for weeks before the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office found him during a health check.
It later emerged that his wife Megan, Alex, 13, Tyler, 11, Zoe, 4, and his dog, Breezy, may have died on December 29, when police had previously conducted a welfare check at the request of a family member.
Police said the bodies were in an advanced stage of decomposition and one of her sons was partially mummified.
A long delay usually favors the defense, but this particular case has received such publicity and, according to Jones, “the evidence is strong” that he does not think it will affect the course of the trial.
“This is an interesting test, but a worrying case,” Jones said.
PHOTOS WANTED BY SECURITY REMOVED
Before Todt’s defense filed a motion to exclude confessions, they attempted to cover up “shocking” photographs of the decomposed bodies of his alleged victims.
Photos of the grizzly’s crime scene were released shortly after Todt’s arrest.
The photographs showed hunting knives he allegedly used, two packs of Benadryl tablets, and a vial of antihistamine syrup.
The police also found a bloody mattress, leg irons and a gun.
The defense argued in court documents that photographs of the corpse from the crime scene were “unreasonably biased”.
Photos of the corpses have not been made public, but are expected to be presented to jurors during the trial.
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