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State will seek death penalty against dad accused of killing wife, kids and dog at Celebration home

Posted at 3:43 PM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 03:13:23-05

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. -- The state is now seeking the death penalty against a dad accused of killing his wife, three kids and a dog at their home in Celebration.

Back on January 15, 44-year-old Anthony Todt faced four counts of murder after his wife, Megan, and the couple's children -- Alek, Tyler and Zoe -- were found dead at the house. An autopsy showed the wife and their sons had been stabbed, according to AP. The daughter was not stabbed, according to authorities.

Officials believe the victims had been dead since late December.

On Tuesday, State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced the state is charging Todt with four counts of capital murder and a count of animal cruelty. Ayala said her office's death penalty review board unanimously voted to seek the death family against the accused killer.

Tuesday's announcement comes after Todt was initially charged with four counts of second-degree murder in January.


Ayala vowed she and her office will do whatever they can to ensure peace to the family's grieving relatives.

"I can't imagine the pain and the agony [the grieving relatives] are going through, but we are absolutely going to do all that we can to make certain that justice is served."