Gabby Petito’s parents targeting crucial evidence in Brian Laundrie lawsuit that could finally reveal truth about deaths
GABBY Petito's parents are zeroing in on a crucial piece of evidence in their Brian Laundrie estate lawsuit that could finally reveal the truth about the young couple's deaths.
The shocking news comes after Gabby's mom, Nichole Schmidt, filed a $30million wrongful death suit against Laundrie's estate on Friday, claiming his parents helped him flee.
Lawyers for both families acknowledge the notebook is a vital piece of the new suit.
However, Steven Bertolino, representing Chris and Roberta Laundrie, speculated that Gabby's parents are seeking the notebook and said the civil case is not likely to end in monetary damages being paid.
"This lawsuit will most likely not be defended and the Petitos will have gained nothing more than a piece of paper that tells them what everyone already knows – which is that Brian was responsible for Gabby's death, as indicated by the FBI," Bertolino told NBC News.
Barry Spivey, a second attorney who represents Laundrie's estates, also believes there is no money to be recovered in the case.
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"I have no idea at this point whether his estate is worth anything at all," Spivey told the outlet.
The Petitos attorney Patrick Reilly said he's confident the family would secure the notebook, telling NBC: "We will eventually get Brian Laundrie’s notebook and writings."
In the lawsuit, which was filed in late April, Gabby's parents claim the Laundries tried to help their son leave the US, knew that he murdered their daughter, and allege his parents knew the location of her body but would not provide it.
As a result, Schmidt and Gabby's dad Joseph Petito “incurred funeral and burial expenses, and they have suffered a loss of care and comfort, and suffered a loss of probable future companionship, society and comfort.”
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Schmidt's lawsuit also demands a trial by jury and judgment for compensatory damages.
Bertolino moved to dismiss the initial lawsuit on March 30, arguing that there is nothing to back up the Petito family's claim of "intentional infliction of emotional distress."
Then, an update to that suit accused Laundrie's mom, Roberta, of blocking Schmidt on Facebook.
The suit reads: "In an effort to avoid any contact with Nichole Schmidt, on or about September 10, 2021, Roberta Laundrie blocked Nichole Schmid: on her cellular phone such that neither phone: calls nor texts could be delivered, and she blocked her on Facebook."
Petito was reported missing by her parents on September 11 after they failed to reach her or Laundrie and his family; her body was found on September 19 in Grand Teton National Park.
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Laundrie, 23, then disappeared on September 13 but was not reported missing by his parents until days later.
A warrant was then issued for his arrest on September 23; his remains were found on October 21.
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