Daytime Exclusive: Anderson Talks with Teen Imprisoned for Murder
In an "Anderson" daytime exclusive, 19-year-old Toni Fratto, serving a life-sentence for the murder of classmate Micaela Costanzo, speaks to Anderson via satellite from Elko County Jail in Nevada.Fratto was arrested along with then-boyfriend Kody Cree Patton, 19, and confessed to hitting Micaela in the back with a shovel and then sitting on her legs, before Kody allegedly slit Micaela's throat with a knife. After Toni learned she might get the death sentence for pleading not guilty, Toni changed her plea and agreed to testify against her former boyfriend.
When Anderson asks what Kody's possible motive could've been, Fratto replies, "He never told me. He wouldn't give me any details of why." Toni goes on to say when Patton told her he had Micaela in the trunk of his car, and that he allegedly wanted to kill her, Fratto didn't "believe him."
Toni says her relationship with Kody was an abusive one, and explains she was terrified of him. On that tragic night in the desert, Toni tells Anderson that Kody insisted she strike Micaela on the back with a shovel, and recalls, "I didn't know what to do."
What do you make of this story? Is Toni in denial, or was she really caught in an abusive situation with Kody?