Petito and Laundrie

Petito Family Attorney Seeks to Follow the Money in Lawsuit Against Brian Laundrie’s Parents

The latest filings in the family of Gabby Petito’s lawsuit against her killer’s parents includes requests for bank statements and records of texts and phone calls between Brian Laundrie and his parents.

Petito was found dead in Wyoming on September 19, 2021, in the Bridger-Teton National Forest after going missing in late August, as CrimeOnline previously reported. Her case was labeled a homicide, with Laundrie being the sole suspect.

In late October 2021, Laundrie’s partial skull was discovered at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in Florida. The following month, the medical examiner in Sarasota County determined he died from a single gunshot wound to the head, self-inflicted. Laundrie confessed to killing Petito in a notebook found near his partial remains.

Petito’s family has filed suit against Chris and Roberta Laundrie, Brian’s parents, claiming they knew their son murdered Petito and were planning to help him flee the country.

In early April, Petito’s attorney asked the Laundries to hand over “all copies of bank statements or other documents evidencing withdrawals or transfers of funds made by you in excess of $10,000 from August 26, 2021 to September 14, 2021,” Fox News reported. They have 30 days to respond to the April 4 motion.

Last week, the Laundries’ attorney asked for copies of text and phone records Petito attorney Pat Reilly obtained from a subpoena to AT&T. The data covers July 2 to November 13, 2021.

“The plaintiffs have no proof of what they have alleged in their court filings,” Laundrie attorney Steve Bertolino told Fox News. “Pat Reilly can seek high and low, but he will not find a scintilla of admissible evidence to support anything beyond conjecture.”

Reilly has also asked for the Laundries to turn over a letter in which Roberta Laundrie allegedly offers her son a shovel to bury a body. The Laundries have said the letter was written before their son and Petito left for their cross country van trip.

“Although I do not know the exact date I wrote the letter, I do know that I wrote it and gave it to Brian before Brian and Gabby left Florida for New York which was on June 2, 2021,” Roberta Laundrie said, according to court documents.

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[Featured image: Gabby Petito, left, and Brian Laundrie/Instagram]