The mother and father of Brian Laundrie have filed a movement to dismiss a lawsuit which alleged they knew their son killed Gabby Petito in Aug. 2021.
Petito’s household claimed within the lawsuit filed earlier in March that Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed by their son what occurred to Petito on Aug. 28, a day after the swimsuit alleges Laundrie killed her. They additionally declare that the Laundries tried to assist their son go away the nation.
However on Wednesday, the Laundrie household sought to have the lawsuit thrown out, as a lawyer for the mother and father known as the allegations within the lawsuit “baseless and frivolous.”
“The Laundries have exercised their constitutional right to refrain from speaking and have relied on counsel to speak for them. This is not only common practice in our civilized society but it embodies the exercise of fundamental rights under the United States and Florida Constitutions,” a lawyer for the household stated in an announcement. “The Laundries’ rights are inalienable and the Laundries can never be liable for exercising their legal rights in a permissible way.”
Petito’s physique was discovered Sept. 19 at a campground close to Grand Teton Nationwide Park in northwestern Wyoming. A coroner decided the 22-year-old died about three weeks earlier of “blunt-force injuries to the head and neck, with manual strangulation.”
Laundrie, 23, returned house to Florida alone in early September however went lacking quickly after. In October, his mother and father discovered an merchandise belonging to him within the nature protect close to their home, and shortly after his stays have been discovered within the protect.
A health worker later decided Laudrie fatally shot himself.
The Laundrie household legal professional confirmed Tuesday that the trigger of demise for Brian Laundrie was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
FBI officers stated Laundrie had admitted to killing Petito in a pocket book that was discovered close to his physique. Laundrie had additionally despatched textual content messages to deliberately deceive folks that Petito was nonetheless alive after he beat and strangled her in late August, based on an announcement launched by the FBI in Denver.
The Petito household claims there was no contact between the 2 households after Brian Laundrie returned to Florida. It additionally mentions the holiday Laundrie’s mother and father took to Fort DeSoto Park “while Gabrielle Petito’s family was suffering.”
The swimsuit from the Petito household claims that after the official seek for Petito was underway and earlier than her stays have been discovered, the Laundrie household refused to reply to questions from legislation enforcement and Petito’s household. The swimsuit claims Roberta Laundrie blocked Schmidt’s cellphone quantity and blocked her on Fb across the time Petito was reported lacking.
“This lawsuit does not change the fact that the Laundries had no obligation to speak to law enforcement or any third party including the Petito family,” the household legal professional stated after the lawsuit was filed. “This fundamental legal principle renders the Petitos’ claims to be baseless under the law.”
Petito and Schmidt accuse the Laundrie household of performing “with malice or great indifference to the rights of” Petito’s household.
Petito’s mother and father are searching for damages of a minimum of $100,000, the swimsuit states.