Accused family murderer Anthony Todt is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, where a judge will determine if his case affidavit will be unsealed.
On Tuesday, two local Florida media outlets filed a motion requesting that the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court unseal the affidavit in connection to the murders of Megan Todt and her three children. Anthony Todt stands accused of killing his entire family sometime in late December, at their rented Celebration home.
“The order was entered without notice to the news media or an opportunity to be heard on the issue of closure,” the motion read, according to The Day.
The Norwich Bulletin reports that The Orlando Sentinel newspaper and TV station WFTV both filed the motion. The outlets claimed that sealing the warrant violated “sections of the Florida state constitution.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department arrived at Todt’s residence, at 202 Reserve Place, on January 13, following up on a warrant obtained by federal agents regarding insurance fraud.
Shortly after their arrival, authorities announced that that the visit to the home had turned into a “death investigation in the North Village area at Celebration.”
“Osceola County Sheriff’s Office responded to 202 Reserve Pl. in Celebration for a death investigation,” Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson, said. “This is an isolated incident and all parties involved with this death investigation are accounted for.”
Police cordoned a good portion of the street for hours. A coroner’s van arrived and brought several stretchers into the home. Inside the residence, authorities found the body of Todt’s wife, Megan, and their three children, Alek, Tyler, and Zoe.
Todt is accused of killing the four victims, along with the family dog, Breezy.
Police arrested Todt at gunpoint and took him away in cuffs. Local reports indicated that Todt emanated a “strong odor” as officers led him from the home. Authorities later said that Todt may have spent at least a week inside the home with his family member’s deceased bodies.
During a brief court appearance last week, Ninth Judicial Circuit Judge Margaret Schreiber denied bond for Todt before an officer immediately walked him back to a metal cage toward the back of the room, which separated him from other inmates in court that day.
The outlets that filed to unseal the affidavit wrote that Todt’s initial appearance information had been “heavily redacted.”
Although the motive for the murders remains unclear, authorities said Todt was heavily indebted to numerous loan companies that helped fund his physical therapy business.
According to a 36-page affidavit filed in federal court and obtained by CrimeOnline, Todt, who owned Family Physical Therapy in Connecticut, billed insurance companies for extra services that never happened and for appointments that never took place.
Numerous parents of children who were patients at Family Physical Therapy confirmed that their insurance companies were billed for therapy sessions their children never attended.
Todt owed over $100,000 to investors after taking out loans from 20 different commercial lenders to fund his business. He’s accused of defrauding the government’s Medicare and Medicaid programs, as well as private insurance companies, such as Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, to pay off his debts.
Todt remains behind bars without bail. Friday’s hearing will be held at the Osceola Courthouse at 1:15 p.m.
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[Feature Photo: Todt Family/Facebook]