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Father accused of killing his three kids and wife in Disney town ‘needed control of them’

A bodily therapist from Connecticut who sought ‘control over the lives and deaths’ of his wife, three younger kids and the household’s canine was discovered responsible of murdering his whole household two years in the past in central Florida after six hours of deliberation.

A 12-member jury convicted Anthony Todt, 46, on Thursday on 4 counts of first-degree homicide and one rely of animal cruelty. 

He was accused of killing his 42-year-old wife Megan, and his three kids, Zoe, 4; Tyler, 11; and Alek, 13. The household’s canine, Breezy, was additionally discovered useless in the house in Celebration, a group that’s positioned near Walt Disney World.

Prosecutors weren’t in search of the dying penalty, which suggests Todt will obtain a compulsory life sentence. Judge Keith A. Carsten referred to as Todt ‘a destroyer of worlds’, whereas the father-of-three was seen consistently shaking his head as he was in dismay from studying his verdict. 

Despite being discovered responsible, Todt insisted he was harmless and that he was not on the household’s residence on the night time his kids, wife and pet handed away. 

‘I beloved my wife. I beloved my kids,’ he advised the choose. ‘They had been first and foremost in my life. I didn’t do that. I supplied for my wife. I supplied for kids. I did all the things I may.’

Anthony Todt, 46, a physical therapist from Connecticut living in Florida, was found guilty of murdering his wife, their three children and their dog two years ago on Thursday

Anthony Todt, 46, a bodily therapist from Connecticut dwelling in Florida, was discovered responsible of murdering his wife, their three kids and their canine two years in the past on Thursday

Todt allegedly killed his wife Megan, 42, as well as Alek, 13 Tyler, 11, their daughter Zoe, four, (pictured together), and dog Breezy because he thought the world was ending in apocalyptic fashion

Todt allegedly killed his wife Megan, 42, in addition to Alek, 13 Tyler, 11, their daughter Zoe, 4, (pictured collectively), and canine Breezy as a result of he thought the world was ending in apocalyptic style

Earlier Thursday throughout closing arguments, Assistant State Attorney Danielle Pinnell advised the jury that Todt, 46, nonchalantly detailed the killings to investigators after his arrest on the household’s residence.

He later claimed that he took the blame for his wife, who he stated had killed the kids by feeding them toxic ‘pudding pie’ earlier than stabbing herself in the abdomen.

‘I used to be protecting for my wife,’ Todt advised the jury when he took the stand in his protection on Wednesday. ‘Obviously, unsuccessfully. I had no clue how my kids died.’

But Pinnell advised jurors Todt needed to control the lives of his wife and kids.

After his arrest, Todt advised detectives that he and his wife had an settlement to kill their household so they might ‘cross over’ collectively when the apocalypse — which they thought was imminent — Pinnell stated Thursday, reiterating an assertion she additionally made in her opening statements.

‘We don’t need you to die,’ Todt claimed his kids advised him. ‘We wish to die with you.’

Pinnell added that Todt used cellphones belonging to the sufferer to inform family they had been all sick. Todt’s sister recalled receiving a textual content message from Megan’s cellphone in regards to the apocalypse shortly after she requested police to verify on the household’s well-being. 

The victims had been killed someday after they had been final seen in mid-December 2019, prosecutors stated. Their decomposing our bodies had been discovered wrapped in blankets in a room on January 13, 2020 after police confirmed up on the household’s residence with a warrant for Todt to arrest him on federal well being care fraud expenses associated to his Connecticut bodily remedy business. 

All of the victims had stab wounds and poisonous quantities of Benadryl in their programs, based on post-mortem stories, which can also be dominated that Megan and her three kids had now not been alive for ‘not less than a pair weeks’ earlier than their discovery.

The victims were allegedly drugged with Benadryl, suffocated, stabbed and left to rot for two weeks inside their Celebration, Florida home (pictured) near Disney World

The victims had been allegedly drugged with Benadryl, suffocated, stabbed and left to rot for 2 weeks inside their Celebration, Florida residence (pictured) close to Disney World

Cops found the victims' decomposing bodies on January 13, 2020, when they went to arrest Todt on insurance fraud charges related to his physical therapy business. Pictured: The family

Cops discovered the victims’ decomposing our bodies on January 13, 2020, after they went to arrest Todt on insurance coverage fraud expenses associated to his bodily remedy business. Pictured: The household

When Todt was arrested in 2020 he reportedly told investigators he and Megan had made a murder-suicide pact ahead of what they believed was an impending apocalypse. The couple is pictured together

When Todt was arrested in 2020 he reportedly advised investigators he and Megan had made a murder-suicide pact forward of what they believed was an impending apocalypse. The couple is pictured collectively

The protection workforce maintained the state had not proved the case past an inexpensive doubt. The medical expert, they stated, couldn’t decide whether or not the kids had been suffocated or strangled, and stated the stab wounds had been doubtless inflicted after dying.

‘He got here residence to his kids being useless, his wife was alive however primarily dying, and stabbed herself in entrance of him,’ Assistant Public Defender Alesha Smith advised jurors.

She stated the state ‘is basically choosing and selecting when they need you to consider Mr. Todt and after they do not.’  

Smith added that police did little to confirm the accuracy of Todt’s preliminary confession, together with retrieving samples of blood proof in the rooms the place the murders happened.

‘We do not see any cellphone searches,’ Smith stated. ‘We do not see any Google searches. … [The detective] took Mr. Todt at his phrase and determined, ‘Hey, my job is completed.” 

In an interrogation video with cops displaying his confession to the murders, Todt stated Megan had turn out to be obsessive about reincarnation as her well being deteriorated from a protracted personal historical past with Lyme illness – a bacterial an infection stemmed from the chunk of an contaminated tick that may unfold quickly to the guts or nervous system if not handled.

Todt added that Megan got here to the conclusion that in the event that they ‘burned the household karma’ that they had been dwelling in, then they’d be rewarded and reincarnated to a greater life with improved circumstances. 

‘Mr. Todt, what may have prevented Megan from killing her kids?’ Orange-Osceola Public Defender Bob Wesley at one level requested the defendant.

‘I do not know,’ Todt replied whereas giving testimony. ‘We wakened that morning she was pain-free. Everything was good. … That’s the largest factor that impacts me. I did not see this coming.’

'I was covering for my wife,' Todt told the jury on Wednesday when he took the stand. He said: 'Obviously, unsuccessfully. I had no clue how my kids died,' before claiming that his wife had fed their children poisonous 'pudding pie'

‘I used to be protecting for my wife,’ Todt advised the jury on Wednesday when he took the stand. He stated: ‘Obviously, unsuccessfully. I had no clue how my kids died,’ earlier than claiming that his wife had fed their kids toxic ‘pudding pie’

Todt is pictured with his three children in an undated photo

Todt is pictured with his three kids in an undated picture

In the weeks earlier than the invention was made, Todt advised jurors he tried to commit suicide in other ways, together with overdosing on Benadryl, although he ‘chickened out’ of utilizing a knife, based on the Orlando Sentinel. He added that he has no recollection of the confession he made to law enforcement officials shortly after being arrested, and that he solely remembers his time in jail since being locked up. 

‘My testimony right this moment is the truth that Megan killed her kids and killed herself,’ he stated in conclusion. 

Todt was seen crying on quite a few events when questioned by his protection, however Pinnell stated she seen he turned indignant when she requested him to stroll her by way of his account of the murders whereas standing as a witness.

‘He described himself as this loyal “‘I’ll do anything, I’ll take the blame for Megan” man,’ Pinnell advised jurors. ‘But one thing fascinating that he stated is, “Megan killed her kids.” Not our kids. Not my kids. Her kids.’

In her ultimate phrases to the jury, Pinnell insisted that ‘there is no such thing as a cheap doubt in this case.’

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