KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Jury selection began Monday in the trial against a man charged with killing his family in Osceola County more than two years ago.
What You Need To Know
- Jury selection in Anthony Todt’s murder trial began Monday
- Todt has pleaded not guilty to killing his wife, their three kids and the family dog
- The victims' bodies were found Jan. 13, 2020
Anthony Todt has pleaded not guilty to killing his wife, Megan Todt, 42; their children Alek, 13, Tyler, 11, and Zoe, 4; and the family dog.
Federal authorities and Osceola County Sheriff's deputies found the victims on Jan. 13, 2020, when they went to Todt’s home in Celebration to arrest him on health care fraud charges related to his physical therapy business in Connecticut. Todt worked there during the week and spent weekends in Florida with his family.
Unsealed federal court documents accuse him of taking loans or advances from more than 20 commercial lenders to fund the business and billing for services he didn’t provide.
Judge Keith Carsten explained the preliminary process to jurors Monday morning. Lawyers expect jury selection to take most of the week, if not the entire week.
Three panels of 50 people each are being considered as potential jurors. Lawyers cycled through the first panel Monday, advancing around 30 people to the next round. Carsten said the plan is to whittle the pool down to 50 potential jurors for more voir dire, then pick 14 jurors from there.
According to court documents, Todt confessed to his family’s murders on three separate occasions in January 2020. Last month, Carsten ruled to exclude the initial confession because Todt wasn’t fully read his Miranda rights.
Defense attorneys had been trying to get all of Todt’s confessions tossed, arguing he was suicidal and under the influence of a Benadryl overdose.