ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - The trial for a man accused of killing his wife and her two children begins Monday. Luis Toledo's trial was moved from DeLand to St. Augustine, because of the extensive media coverage surrounding the case.
On Friday, he was in court for a pre-trial hearing. He is charged with the murder of Yessenia Suarez, 28, Michael Otto, 8, and Thalia Otto, 9, even though their bodies have never been found. They disappeared in 2013 and are presumed dead. Detectives said Toledo confessed to killing his wife, but he has denied killing her children.
The case, which could potentially involve the death penalty, was on hold for almost a year after the United States Supreme Court found Florida's death penalty sentencing to be unconstitutional. State lawmakers changed the law to comply.