Judge will rule on Petito-Laundrie family lawsuit in weeks

A Florida judge will rule in a few weeks whether the lawsuit filed by Gabby Petito’s parents against Brian Laundrie’s parents will be dropped.

Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt filed charges in March, alleging that Chris and Roberta Laundrie knew Gabby was dead and knew where her body was, but were hiding the information from authorities.

During Wednesday’s hearing, their attorney focused on a statement from the laundries and their attorney, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.

“On behalf of the Laundrie family, we hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is reunited with her family,” the statement read.

In the lawsuit, the Petitos alleged that Brian Laundrie told his parents that he killed Gabby in the days before they released that statement.

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“With the full knowledge on the part of the laundries that Gabby was not alive and that Gabby’s body was somewhere in the west… We hope you are reunited,” Petito family attorney Patrick Reilly said Wednesday. , according to Tampa ABC affiliate WFTS.

“If that’s not outrageous, Your Honor, I don’t know what’s outrageous.”

The laundries have defended themselves by saying they were not required by law to speak to authorities.

Judge will rule on Petito-Laundrie family lawsuit in weeks

“This lawsuit does not change the fact that the laundries were not required to speak to law enforcement or any third party, including the Petito family,” their attorney Steve Bertolino said after the lawsuit was filed. “This fundamental legal principle makes the Petitos’ claims unfounded under the law.”

Judge Hunter Carroll said he would rule on the laundries’ request to dismiss in a few weeks.

Petito, 22, was found dead in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming in September 2021 after he went missing during a cross-country trip with Laundrie, her 23-year-old fiancé.

Laundrie was found dead in October 2021 in a Florida wildlife sanctuary not far from his parents’ home in North Port, about 100 miles south of Tampa. FBI investigators found Laundrie’s diary, where they said he admitted to killing Petito.

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