A physical therapist stabbed his two sons in their Disney town home after they were already dead, a court has heard.
Anthony Todt allegedly knifed Alek, 13, and Tyler, 11, in their abdomens after suffocating them at the house in Celebration, Florida, a medic told his murder trial.
Ex-associate medical examiner Jennifer Nara told the court they would have passed away before the wounds were inflicted because they missed vital organs.
Todt, 46, faced jurors for the second day at Osceola County Court on Tuesday over four counts of first-degree murder and one count of animal cruelty.
He allegedly killed his wife Megan, 42, as well as Alek, Tyler, their daughter Zoe, and dog Breezy because he thought the world was ending.
The victims were drugged with Benadryl, suffocated, stabbed and left to rot for two weeks inside their home near Disney World. Todt has pleaded not guilty.
A physical therapist (pictured in court today) stabbed his two sons in their Disney town home after they were already dead, a court has heard
Anthony Todt (pictured in court today) knifed Alek, 13, and Tyler, 11, in their abdomens after suffocating them at the house in Celebration, Florida , a medic told his murder trial
Todt allegedly killed his wife Megan, 42, as well as Alek, Tyler, their daughter Zoe (pictured together), and dog Breezy because he thought the world was ending
Nara told the court today the lack of hemorrhaging in the non-fatal stab wounds on Alek and Tyler meant they happened after they were dead.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, she told jurors neither of the blows had hit vital organs.
But the court heard the two stab injuries inflicted on Megan were at least eight inches deep in the abdominal cavity and caused hemorrhaging.
She said: ‘To me, that indicates that she sustained those injuries antemortem — when she was alive.’
Asked if they were self-inflicted, she said: ‘Based on the autopsy, I was not able to determine whether she inflicted it herself or whether it was inflicted on her.’
Nara also told the court the decomposed state of the bodies had made it hard for her to tell if they had died due to suffocation or strangling.
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
Ex-associate medical examiner Jennifer Nara told the court they would have passed away before the wounds were inflicted because they missed vital organs. Pictured: The family home
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.
They were first alerted to the family’s disappearance just after Christmas 2019 when family members requested a wellness check at the house.
The alleged killer worked in Connecticut but spent his weekends in Florida with his family.
Prosecutors yesterday said the crime was carried out after Todt and Megan made a murder-suicide pact ahead of what they believed was an impending apocalypse.
Assistant State Attorney Danielle Pinnell told jurors: ‘Everybody needed to die in order to pass over to the other side together because the apocalypse was coming.’
The court was also played a 911 call of one of Todt’s sisters saying he believed the world was ending in late December 2019 as she asked cops to check on the family.
Special Agent Phelps told the court Monday that Todt was mumbling as authorities searched the house, and told police he consumed the Benadryl in an attempt to die by suicide
Special Agent Michael Phelps told the court yesterday how the bodies were found ‘discolored, black and blue’ when they reached the house.
The victims, who were found wrapped in blankets, were killed by ‘unspecified violence’ combined with overdoses of Benadryl, medics said.
Emily Seda, a forensics supervisor at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, testified on Monday a cherry-flavored liquid Benadryl bottle was found in a trash can.
She said the bottle had Todt’s fingerprints on it. Boxes and and bottles of Benadryl were also found in the house, prosecutors said.
Special Agent Phelps told the court Todt was mumbling as authorities searched the house and told police he consumed the Benadryl in an attempt to die by suicide.
An arrest affidavit said during the search ‘Anthony could barely stand and appeared to be shaking’.
In three police interviews following the murders, Todt confessed to killing his family, which prosecutors reviewed in court on Monday.
Pinnell told jurors Todt said he killed Zoe first while she was sleeping, claiming he ‘rolled over on top of her until she suffocated’.
Pinnell said Todt then told investigators he killed his two sons by suffocating them and stabbing them.
Pinnell told jurors yesterday: ‘He was afraid that if something didn’t go the way that he wanted Tyler Todt would escape.’
He said Todt added that his wife then stabbed herself twice, but when it did not work, he suffocated her with a pillow. Todt then allegedly said he suffocated Breezy.
Six months after confessing to the murders, Todt claimed his wife was responsible for for the grisly crime.
He told his father in a jail letter she was the one who drugged their children with a ‘tainted Benadryl pudding pie’.
Todt’s defense team deferred their opening statements on Monday. The trial continues.