Brian Laundrie’s family says they have ‘no regrets’ about their response to Gabby Petito’s death

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The lawyer representing information/brian-laundrie/index.html” id=”mol-c0985e60-f2bb-11ec-bd1d-9b096c3b8aeb”>Brian Laundrie‘s dad and mom says they have ‘no regrets’ about their response to information/gabby-petito/index.html” id=”mol-c09921b0-f2bb-11ec-bd1d-9b096c3b8aeb”>Gabby Petito‘s homicide.

Attorney Steve Bertolino defended the Laundries, saying they did ‘all the things the appropriate means,’ on Wednesday evening, simply hours after Petito’s family blasted them in court docket as being ‘callous and shameful.’

Petito, 22, was strangled on a street journey with Laundrie in information/wyoming/index.html” id=”mol-f94291c0-f2b3-11ec-bd1d-9b096c3b8aeb”>Wyoming final summer season. The van-life blogger’s mom and father are suing their daughter’s killer boyfriend and his dad and mom, Christopher and Roberta Laundrie, over her death.  

The civil swimsuit alleges the Laundries knew their son, 23, had murdered Petito after he returned to their information/florida/index.html” id=”mol-4cbf18f0-f2b4-11ec-bd1d-9b096c3b8aeb”>Florida residence alone – and tried to assist him flee authorities. 

Laundrie’s dad and mom had filed a movement to dismiss the lawsuit. 

After listening to arguments from attorneys for each households on Wednesday, Sarasota County Circuit Court Judge Hunter W. Carroll introduced he’ll decide inside two weeks as to whether or not the case will go to trial.

Attorney Steve Bertolino, who represents Brian Laundrie’s dad and mom, says they have ‘no regrets’ about their response to Gabby Petito’s homicide

Petito’s dad and mom, Nichole Schmidt, 41, and her former husband Joseph Petito, 42, allege the Laundries ‘acted with malice or nice indifference’ by not disclosing what they knew about Petito’s death.

Their lawsuit said Laundrie’s dad and mom ‘exhibited excessive and outrageous conduct’ after Petito’s disappearance and is requesting ‘simply compensation for the damages they have suffered, along with prices, and such different reduction.’ 

However, the Laundries’ legal professional has dismissed the allegations, arguing he and his shoppers acted appropriately to the scenario.

‘What I knew, or what Chris and Roberta knew, we didn’t have to disclose, to any third get together, and particularly to legislation enforcement, or the Petito family,’ Bertolino advised information/gabby-petito-missing-case/laundrie-lawyer-no-regrets-about-handling-of-petito-case/”>NewsNation Wednesday evening.

‘I did all the things the appropriate means. We have no regrets. The dad and mom did all the things the appropriate means, and they have no regrets.’

Petito's parents are suing Christopher and Roberta Laundrie, alleging they knew their son Brian (right) had murdered Gabby (left) after he returned to their Florida home alone - and tried to help him flee authorities

Petito’s dad and mom are suing Christopher and Roberta Laundrie, alleging they knew their son Brian (proper) had murdered Gabby (left) after he returned to their Florida residence alone – and tried to assist him flee authorities

Bertolino mentioned Christopher and Roberts Laundrie (pictured at their Florida residence in September 2021) ‘did all the things the appropriate means, and they have no regrets’

When requested particularly what the Laundries knew about Petito’s death, Bertolino declined to reply, saying it ‘would not be applicable for me to remark’ given the pending lawsuit.

He did reiterate that he advised the media months in the past: ‘I do not know precisely what Brian had mentioned to his dad and mom. I had mentioned publicly that what Brian advised me was privileged. I used to be not going to share it. 

‘I had conversations with Brian. I had conversations with Chris and Roberta. I had conversations with them individually and I had conversations with them collectively. So, it is not for me to remark at this time limit what Chris and Roberta knew.’

Bertolino added: ‘I can inform you what I knew … maybe, in the future what Brian knew, however none of that is gonna occur tonight on this present.’

When requested about the claims that Laundrie’s dad and mom have been making an attempt to assist their killer son flee the nation, Bertolino positioned blame on the media frenzy surrounding the case.

‘Chris and Roberta did nothing however keep in their residence,’ he argued. 

‘There was hypothesis that there have been burner telephones, that we have been dressing him up in humorous outfits and sending him throughout the Mexican border, sending him throughout sure our bodies of water to different nations within the Bahamas or maybe out on the Appalachian path.

‘All of that was fill-it work for the networks that had to fill in a while 24/7.’

Nichole Schmidt (right) and Joseph Petito (left) were in court on Wednesday afternoon for a hearing on the lawsuit they filed against Roberta and Christopher Laundrie. The family is pictured at a press conference in September 2021

Nichole Schmidt (proper) and Joseph Petito (left) have been in court docket on Wednesday afternoon for a listening to on the lawsuit they filed towards Roberta and Christopher Laundrie. The family is pictured at a press convention in September 2021

Petito's parents allege the Laundries 'acted with malice or great indifference' by not disclosing what they knew about Petito's death. Petito and Laundrie are pictured together

Petito’s dad and mom allege the Laundries ‘acted with malice or nice indifference’ by not disclosing what they knew about Petito’s death. Petito and Laundrie are pictured collectively

Bertolino additionally positioned blame on the press for the Laundries alleged lack of misery through the search by means of a Florida state park for their then-fugitive son.

‘They have been somber, they have been quiet and I can inform you they have been very upset and really emotional with me,’ the lawyer said. ‘But whenever you’ve acquired a gaggle of press and screaming public out at your door 24 hours a day…

‘Did you assume [Chris] and Roberta have been going to go down to Walmart and begin placing up indicators: ‘Help me discover my son?’ They knew the place their son was. They knew the place he went. We mentioned it and because it seems, sadly we have been appropriate, that Brian by no means left the protect and I definitely assume legislation enforcement knew that each one alongside as properly.

‘Some individuals within the press and the general public query whether or not Chris and Roberta ought to’ve carried out extra, however extra actually might they have carried out whenever you had all that legislation enforcement man energy looking the protect?’

Pat Reilly, the Florida legal professional representing Petito’s dad and mom, additionally appeared on NewsNation Wednesday evening and claimed that the family ‘specializing in remaining silent ignores all different proof within the case.’

‘If we have been in a court docket of morality, which sadly we’re not, this might be a very easy choice,’ Reilly argued. 

‘A freedom of knowledge request might be made for the data the FBI has, and it will be eye opening.’ 

Petito's family claims the Laundries are guilty of 'inflicting intentional emotional distress' and that a statement issued by their lawyer hopeful of a successful end to the search for then-missing Petito was 'outrageous' because they allegedly already knew she was dead. Nichole Schmidt and her husband, Jim, are pictured in September 2021

Petito’s family claims the Laundries are responsible of ‘inflicting intentional emotional misery’ and {that a} assertion issued by their lawyer hopeful of a profitable finish to the seek for then-missing Petito was ‘outrageous’ as a result of they allegedly already knew she was useless. Nichole Schmidt and her husband, Jim, are pictured in September 2021

Schmidt, 41, toyed nervously with a necklace as she sat with former husband in Sarasota County court docket earlier than Judge Carroll on Wednesday.

Petito’s family claims the Laundries are responsible of ‘inflicting intentional emotional misery’ and {that a} assertion issued by their lawyer hopeful of a profitable finish to the seek for then-missing Petito was ‘outrageous’ as a result of they allegedly already knew she was useless.

Their legal professional Patrick Reilly advised the courtroom: ‘This is case not merely about the silence of Robert and Christopher Laundrie who knew their son had brutally murdered Gabby Petito.’

He mentioned it additionally wasn’t about their ‘callous refusal regardless of pleas from the Petito family’ to communicate out about whether or not not Petito was alive – or if she wasn’t the situation of her physique.

‘It’s about a course of conduct that they dedicated from when they discovered on August 28, 2021 that their son had brutally murdered Gabby Petito,’ he mentioned.

Reilly mentioned this included the assertion that was made by the legal professional advising them on the time, Steve Bertolino, concerning their want for a profitable finish to the search. 

Carroll requested what obligation did Christopher, 63, and Roberta, 56, have to do ‘something to assist’ Petito’s dad and mom.

‘It’s about what they did with the data that they had,’ Reilly replied. ‘Not simply not disclosing what they knew.’

He added the Laundries might have made an nameless telephone name to reveal the situation of Petito’s physique. The lawyer mentioned they knew the blogger’s dad and mom have been ‘desperately looking’ for data.

The listening to was to contemplate the Laundries’ movement to dismiss the case. After listening to pleas from either side, Judge Carroll mentioned he hoped to situation a written choice in two weeks. If he dismisses the movement, the Laundries might face a jury trial subsequent yr.

It is the primary time Petito’s dad and mom had a chance to be in a court docket over the tragic death of their daughter. Laundrie shot himself after fleeing to a Florida swamp, denying them authorized justice.

However, the listening to continued the couple’s ache as they had to pay attention to arguments. Both units of oldsters had been pleasant earlier than Petito went lacking, the court docket was advised.

The Laundries are accused of taking son Brian to Fort De Soto Park just days before Petito was reported missing

The Laundries are accused of taking son Brian to Fort De Soto Park simply days earlier than Petito was reported lacking

Petito’s stays have been finally found on September 19, 2021, in lonely spot within the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming.

She and boyfriend Laundrie had lived along with his dad and mom in North Port, close to Florida’s west coast. The younger couple set off on an journey from New York State – the place her mom lives – in early July, heading West.

However, on September 1, Laundrie arrived again on the Laundrie residence on his personal in Petito’s white Ford van. Ten days later anxious Schmidt reported her daughter lacking after final having contact in a telephone name on August 25.

Hours after Petito’s mother raised the alarm, North Port Police hauled the white van off the Laundrie’s driveway and took it off for forensic examination.

Officers requested to communicate to Laundrie on the home, however have been advised by his dad and mom he wasn’t accessible. It just isn’t identified if the killer was inside on the time.

Laundrie then went lacking within the 25,000-acre alligator infested Carlton Reserve close to his residence, sparking a large hunt involving native police, the FBI and not less than two sheriff’s departments.

His dad and mom initially advised police he vanished on September 14 to go mountain climbing within the reserve, however later modified this to a day earlier. His physique was finally discovered within the swamp on October 20 after his dad and mom broke cowl and joined legislation enforcement there.

A pocket book discovered with him included a confession that he had murdered Petito.

When Petito was lacking, legal professional Bertolino issued an announcement saying: ‘On behalf of the Laundrie family, it’s our hope that the seek for Miss Petito is profitable and that Miss Petito is reunited together with her family.’

Attorney Reilly attacked that assertion as a ‘lie’, alleging it was mentioned to give ‘false hope’ to Petito’s dad and mom that she could also be nonetheless alive. He added they knew the ‘fragile and emotional state’ of the dad and mom on the time – and that it was ‘callous and shameful’.

He added: ‘I assume it’s OK to kick somebody when they are down, in accordance to the Laundries.’

Reilly alleged the one purpose legal professional Bertolino wasn’t a further defendant within the case was as a result of he isn’t a citizen of the State of Florida.

Matt Luka, legal professional in court docket for the Laundries, spent a very long time arguing the legislation in relation to remaining silent. He mentioned remaining silent didn’t represent inflicting emotional misery.

He added that the plaintiffs argued the Laundries had an obligation to communicate however ‘the legislation imposes no such obligation to communicate’.

Luka continued: ‘Even if Brian Laundrie conveyed data to his dad and mom they didn’t have a requirement to communicate out.’

In the Laundries’ movement to dismiss paperwork, legal professional Luka writes their ‘inaction was not outrageous however authorized permissible and constitutionally protected’.

Laundrie's remains were found north of the entrance to Myakkahatchee Creek, in the Big Slough Preserve, off an unpaved trail near a bridge where Brian's parents said he liked to visit. It is four miles north of their home in North Port, Florida

Laundrie’s stays have been discovered north of the doorway to Myakkahatchee Creek, within the Big Slough Preserve, off an unpaved path close to a bridge the place Brian’s dad and mom mentioned he favored to go to. It is 4 miles north of their residence in North Port, Florida 

‘The amended grievance alleges that the Laundries failed to have any contact with the Plaintiffs when the Plaintiffs needed the Laundries to communicate or in any other case talk’ with them, the movement continues.

The lawyer provides: ‘That allegation falls up to now beneath the ‘significantly excessive’ commonplace for outrageous conduct that the Amended Complaint ought to by no means have been filed.’

He mentioned the Laundries – who have by no means confronted any felony costs over the tragedy – are entitled to train their authorized rights. ‘There isn’t any requirement that a person face a proper felony investigation so as to stay silent,’ the lawyer added.

Luka mentioned the assertion issued on behalf of the Laundries was ‘benign’ and didn’t alter their proper to stay silent. ‘Remaining silent and talking by means of an legal professional are elementary rights,’ he added.

In Petito’s dad and mom response to the Laundries’ movement to dismiss the case, their attorneys write: ‘It is believed and due to this fact averred that on or about August 28, 2021, Brian Laundrie suggested his dad and mom Christopher Laundrie and Roberta Laundrie that he had murdered Gabrielle Petito.

‘On that very same date, Christopher Laundrie and Roberta Laundrie spoke with Attorney Steve Bertolino and despatched him a retainer on September 2, 2021.

Gabby's remains were eventually discovered on September 19, 2021, in lonely spot in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. She and boyfriend Brian, 23, had lived with his parents in North Port, near Florida's west coast. The young couple set off on an adventure from New York State – where her mother lives - in early July, heading West

Gabby’s stays have been finally found on September 19, 2021, in lonely spot within the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. She and boyfriend Brian, 23, had lived along with his dad and mom in North Port, close to Florida’s west coast. The younger couple set off on an journey from New York State – the place her mom lives – in early July, heading West

‘After this time limit, there was no contact between Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt on the one hand, and Christopher Laundrie and Roberta on the opposite.’

They say from August 27 to September 19 ‘when Gabrielle Petito’s stays have been discovered on the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area’ that Petito’s dad and mom have been extraordinarily distraught and making an attempt to find her.

‘While Gabrielle Petito’s family was struggling, the Laundrie family went on trip to Fort DeSoto Park on September 6-7, 2021. They went on trip figuring out that Brian Laundrie murdered Gabrielle Petito, it’s believed they knew the place her physique was positioned.

‘In an effort to keep away from any contact with Nichole Schmidt, on or about September 10, 2021, Roberta Laundrie blocked Nichole Schmidt on her cellphone such that neither telephone nor texts might be delivered, and she or he blocked her on Facebook.’

They add that ‘with full data’ that Petito ‘had been murdered by their son’ they issued the assertion by means of their lawyer Bertolino.

‘For the Laundries to categorical their ‘hope’ that Gabrielle Pet was positioned and reunited together with her family, at a time when they knew she had been murdered by their son, was past outrageous,’ they write.

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Timeline of lacking Gabby Petito’s case

July 1: Gabby Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie left Blue Point, New York for a cross-country street journey

August 12: Police in Moab, Utah reply to a home incident involving the couple

Aug. 17: Laundrie allegedly flies again to Florida to ‘filter a storage unit’   

Aug. 21: Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, has his final FaceTime video name along with his daughter who was in Salt Lake City, Utah 

Aug. 23: Laundrie flies again to Utah to ‘rejoin Gabby’ on their journey 

Aug. 24: Petito is final seen at a lodge in Salt Lake City with Laundrie

Aug. 25: Petito makes last name to her mom, Nichole Schmidt, saying she was in Grand Teton National Park

Aug. 25 or 26: The couple chats with the proprietor of a store referred to as ‘Rustic Row’ in Victor, Utah for about 20 minutes 

Aug. 27: Video of Petito’s van was taken by blogger Jenn Bethune round 6.30 pm on the Spread Creek Campground; Witnesses say they noticed a ‘commotion’ with the couple at Merry Piglets Tex-mex restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming 

Aug. 29: The day that Wisconsin TikToker Miranda Baker claimed that she and her boyfriend have been approached by Laundrie at Grand Teton National Park and requested them for a journey at 5.30pm

Aug. 30: Schmidt receives the final textual content from Petito’s telephone: ‘No service in Yosemite’

Sept. 1: Laundrie returns to his dad and mom’ residence in North Port, Florida in a van with out Petito

Sept. 6-7: Laundrie and his dad and mom go to Fort De Soto campsite in Florida

Sept. 11: Schmidt experiences Petito lacking to authorities in New York; Petito and Laundrie’s van was impounded by police in Florida that very same day

Sept. 12: Grand Teton National Park rangers seek for Petito

Sept. 13: Laundrie’s lawyer says on October 5 that his dad and mom now ‘consider’ this was the day they final noticed him heading for a hike

Sept. 14: Laundrie points an announcement about Petito’s disappearance by means of his lawyer; Laundrie’s dad and mom declare on September 17 that Laundrie left his dad and mom’ residence for a hike at the present time and they hadn’t seen from him since 

Sept. 15: Laundrie is formally named an individual of curiosity in Petito’s case

Sept. 17: Laundrie family legal professional confirms his whereabouts are unknown

Sept. 18: North Port police and the FBI begin looking the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County for lacking Brian Laundrie

Sept. 19: Bethune realizes she has video of Petito’s van round 12am and submits the FBI with the footage 10 minutes later; Officials announce a physique was discovered close to Grand Teton National Park that matched Petito’s description within the afternoon

Sept. 21: Coroner confirms stays present in Grand Tetons belong to Petito. Her death is dominated a murder however her reason behind death remains to be beneath invesetigation

Sept. 20 – 22: FBI and North Port police proceed seek for Laundrie in Carton Reserve 

Sept. 22: Neighbors say they noticed the Laudrie family pack up their indifferent camper on the day Gabby was reported lacking. DailyMail.com images present the camper was again within the driveway two days later, on September 13 

Sept. 23: FBI points an arrest warrant for Laundrie for ‘use of unauthorized entry machine’ for fraudulently utilizing a Capitol One Bank debit card that was not his between August 30 and September 1 to spend $1,000; A probe is launched into the police dealing with of the Utah police incident on Aug. 12; Laundrie’s dad and mom go to their legal professional in Orlando 

Sept. 25: Dog the Bounty Hunter joins the seek for Laundrie 

Sept. 26: A funeral is held for Petito in Holbrook, New York, and her family launch a charity to assist dad and mom discover lacking kids 

Sept. 27: Manhunt for Laundrie within the Carlton Reserve is scaled again after 10 day search would not discover him. Dog the Bounty Hunter says Laundrie and his dad and mom stayed at Fort De Soto Park from September 1-3 and September 6-8 – and that on the latter go to solely the dad and mom left 

Sept. 28: Laundrie’s mother is accused of utilizing a burner telephone to contact her son Sept. 29: Documents reveal Laundrie’s mother canceled a reservation for the Fort De Soto Park campsite for 2 from September 1 to 3 and booked for 3 from September 6 to 8; FBI seizes surveillance footage from web site; FBI investigates lead Laundrie purchased a burner telephone on September 14;  

Sept. 30: Bodycam footage from a second officer on the August 12 incident is launched displaying a distressed Petito admitting Laundrie hit her; FBI brokers acquire extra proof from the Laundrie residence 

Oct. 1: It emerges Laundrie’s sister had contact with him after she mentioned she did 

Oct. 2: A hiker alongside the Appalachian Trail claims to have seen Laundrie close to the border of Tennessee and North Carolina 

Oct. 3: Investigators searched the realm on the Appalachian path for any indicators that Laundrie had been there  

Oct. 4: Laundrie’s sister advised protestors outdoors her residence that her family has been ignoring her after they rebuked her story and that she doesn’t know the place her brother is

Oct 5: Laundrie’s sister appeared on Good Morning America to say she would flip her brother in if she knew the place he’s;  

Oct. 7: Laundrie’s father Christopher joins FBI brokers on the seek for his son on the Carlton Reserve however the search brings up no clues 

Oct. 12: Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue declares post-mortem findings which present Petito died by strangulation; No particular date of death was given – solely that she was useless 3-4 weeks earlier than her physique was discovered 

Oct. 16: Petito’s dad and mom are seen accumulating her ashes from the Valley Mortuary in Jackson, Wyoming

October 20: Human stays present in Carlton Reserve 

October 21: FBI verify the physique discovered belongs to Brian Laundrie. A pocket book, backpack and dry bag are additionally discovered close to the physique

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