October 27, 2017 11:00 pm - A verdict was rendered - guilty of first degree murder as charged.
Guilty of the charge of second degree murder. Guilty of tampering with evidence (by disposing of their bodies).
The deliberations began at about 9:25 a.m. Friday. Toledo, 35, was convicted of second-degree murder in the killing of Yessenia Suarez, 28, and two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of her children Thalia Otto, 9, and Michael Elijah Otto, 8.
It took the jury of nine women and three men about eight hours to reach the verdicts.
Family members of Suarez and the children hugged in the courtroom after the verdicts.
Toledo expressed no reaction as the verdict was read. After the jury had left the room, he told the judge he wanted to say something.
“I don’t want to waste any more of the court’s time, so I’m going to do it right now,” Toledo said. “I’m going to waive mitigation against my attorneys’ wishes, no matter what they tell me.”
Luis Toledo, a gang member accused of killing his wife and her two children.
Toledo, 35, is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Yessenia Suarez, 28, and two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of her children.
His wife, Yessenia Suarez and her children, Thalia Otto, 9, and Michael Otto, 8, disappeared from their Deltona home in October 2013. They have not been found.
Toledo, a former high-ranking member of the Florida Latin Kings gang, faces the death penalty if convicted of killing either one of the children.
The little girls blood was found on the toe of his red shoe. He claims he killed his wife in self defense and someone else must have killed the children. He had told her he wanted a divorce and he was angry she was having an affair. Mother was worried about her daughter when she disappeared. At one point the judge stopped the testimony because the father was too emotional.