Gabby Petito’s parents have changed their lawsuit against the parents of her admitted killer, fiancé Brian Laundrie, who claims he and his family went on holiday together while knowing the location of Petito’s body.
The changed case leads to the claim that the three traveled to a nature attraction in Florida, Fort De Soto Park near Tampa, a few days before Gabby Petito was reported missing in a case that triggered a massive search for the woman and questions about her well-being from her mother and father.
“They went on holiday knowing that Brian Laundrie had murdered Gabrielle Petito, it is believed that they knew where her body was, and moreover knew that Gabrielle Petito’s parents were trying to find her,” the amended lawsuit states.
Earlier this year, the Florida District Judge in the case told plaintiffs Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt, the victim’s father and mother, that their initial application against the laundry had “procedural deficiencies” and must be changed to continue.
Such audits are not uncommon in a civil court. The laundry tried to get the case dismissed.
“The allegations in the amended complaint may now be consistent with correct submissions, but they do not give rise to liability under the law,” Laundri family lawyer Steven Bertolino told NBC News via email Friday. “Thus, we are still confident that the court will dismiss the case. Action.”
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Christopher Laundrie and Roberta Laundrie have consistently denied that they knew Gabby Petito was dead, where her remains could have been, or that they helped Brian Laundre escape when he was wanted as a person of interest.
The amended case provided little support for the holiday claim, although there is time to present evidence.
A jury trial is scheduled to begin this week, August 14, 2023 in Sarasota County, Florida.
In March, Bertolino called the underlying allegations in the preliminary trial, which for the most part remained intact Friday, “unfounded” and “frivolous.”
The latest filing says that Laundrie, in an attempt to hide Petito’s death, allegedly sent a text on her phone using a name to the victim’s grandfather, which she never used. Because of this attempt to conceal Petito’s death, the case claims, it can be assumed that he told his parents that she was dead and where he placed the remains.
The text was sent to Schmidt on August 27, according to the amended complaint. It says that the text referred to Petito’s grandfather by his first name, Stan.
According to a timeline from NBC News, Petito’s body was found on September 19, 2021, in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming, in an area where the couple had traveled.
Laundrie’s body was found on October 20, 2021, in a nature reserve not far from his home in Florida. A Florida doctor said he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The couple set off on July 2, 2021 from New York on a cross-country trip in national parks, documenting their journey on YouTube and Instagram using the hashtag #VanLife.
Her family has said Petito was last heard from in late August when she was thought to be in Grand Teton National Park near Jackson, Wyoming, which is adjacent to the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Schmidt said the last text message sent by Petito was on August 24, and that the subsequent text messages from her phone were suspicious in origin. The case says Laundrie murdered her on August 27 by hitting her in the head and neck with an unknown instrument and strangling her.
Brian Laundrie is believed to have flown home to Tampa from Salt Lake City, Utah, on September 1 after an earlier return to Florida in August. Petito was reported missing on September 11th.
The case says that Brian Laundrie told his parents what he did and where he left the victim’s remains, but that they – instead of telling the woman’s parents – blocked calls and social media inquiries Petito’s family and then chose to go on a trip to Florida’s Fort De Soto Park September 6 and 7, 2021.
The alleged holiday, in light of a statement in the month in which the couple expressed “hope” that the search for Petito was fruitful, caused or exacerbated her family’s pain and suffering, mental anguish, discomfort and “loss of ability to enjoy life, “claims the case.
A dollar amount for the application has not been revealed, but the amended claim states that the desired compensation will exceed $ 30,000.