Guilty Verdicts in Toledo Trial

posted by Alan McBride -

A jury in St. Augustine found a central Florida man guilty of murder and evidence tampering in the deaths of his wife and two stepchildren.

The case against Luis Toledo had been moved to St. Augustine in order to ensure that an impartial jury could be found.

Late Friday afternoon, the jury returned guilty verdicts on counts of first degree murder for the deaths of Toledo's children, and a guilty verdict on a count of second degree murder in the death of his wife.

Toledo was also found guilty on a charge of tampering with evidence.

According to case records, Toledo had admitted to killing his wife. 

He said he had grown enraged on learning that she was having an affair. 

Authorities say Toledo denied killing his children.

Case reports indicate that detectives searched in the central Florida areas of Sanford and Deltona in an effort to locate the bodies of the wife and stepchildren, but no bodies were ever found.

Officials say they did recover blood traces from the daughter.

Authorities say no evidence was found relating to the wife and the stepson. 

Toledo's defense closed by saying that the trial indicated reasonable doubt about Toledo's guilt.

The jury, however, didn't see it that way.

The jury returns Wednesday for the next phase of the trial, the penalty phase.

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