OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — The trial for the man charged with killing his entire family was delayed until November on Monday.
What You Need To Know
- Judge in Osceola County delays Anthony Todt's murder trial
- Todt is charged with killing his wife and three children
- The trial is now scheduled to start in November
- The judge said the court needs more time to review motions
Defense attorneys said Anthony Todt's confession to the crimes should not be used against him. In January 2020, he pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder and one count of animal cruelty, but his defense attorneys said Osceola County deputies didn't properly inform him of his Miranda rights before the interview.
Todt, 45, was also “suicidal” and had diminished capacity because he was under the influence of a Benadryl overdose, his attorneys said.
Todt is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of animal cruelty in the killings of Megan Todt, 42, and their children, Alek, 13, Tyler, 11, and Zoe, 4. The family's dog Breezy was also killed. Todt worked in Connecticut and spent weekends in Florida with his family.
Todt pleaded not guilty.
Federal authorities and Osceola County Sheriff's deputies found the victims on Jan. 13, 2020, when they went to the home in Celebration to arrest Todt on insurance fraud charges related to his physical therapy business. The victims were wrapped in blankets and had stab wounds and toxic amounts of Benadryl in their bodies, according to autopsy reports.
A judge decided Monday that the court needs more time to get through the various motions and evidence hearings.
Both Todt's defense attorneys and prosecutors said they need more time to prepare for trial, which originally was supposed to begin next week.