USA Updates Gabby Petito’s parents could face laundry in provisional jury trial scheduled in 2023
Gabby Petito’s parents will likely face Brian Laundry’s parents for a jury trial in Florida in 2023.
The civil suit, filed last month by Joe Pettito and Nicole Schmidt, alleges that Laundry, 23, told her parents on or around August 28 that she took 22-year-old Petito during their summer cross-country road trip. murdered. Chris and Roberta Laundry allegedly allowed them to return to their home in North Port, Florida in Petito’s van, concealed their whereabouts and arranged to flee the country.
Pettito’s body was not found until September 19 at the border of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. A coroner ruled that he had been strangled to death at least three weeks earlier. Partial remains of the laundry were found more than a month later at Mykahatchy Creek Environmental Park in Florida, a reserve where his family often camped.
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The FBI said Laundry died of a bullet injury and left a note acknowledging that he had killed Petito.
Fox 13 Tampa Bay reported that Sarasota County court documents filed this week indicate a jury trial was ordered for the trial, with a tentative date set for August 14, 2023. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May. The Laundries’ attorney, Steven Bertolino, has already filed a motion seeking to dismiss the lawsuit, calling its claims “unfounded” and “frivolous” and arguing that Laundry’s had no say in with law enforcement or any third party. had no legal obligation to do so, including the Petito family.
In response to the motion, Judge Hunter W. Carroll allowed attorneys for both sides 20 days to file an amended complaint and would then address the merits of the dismissal request.
Pat Reilly, the Petito family’s attorney, told the WFLA that he had a “high confidence level” that the trial would reach a jury trial. Petito’s family is seeking more than $100,000 in damages, explaining that the pain and mental anguish they suffered as a result of the laundry’s “willfulness and malice.” The lawsuit claims that Roberta Laundry blocked Schmidt’s cell phone and Facebook when she made repeated requests for information about the whereabouts of Pettito, who had been with Laundry for a year.
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The WFLA reported that the jury trial, excluding the dismissal, is expected to be open to the public at the South County Courthouse in Venice, Florida, and will likely attract international media attention. The trial period will not begin until next year due to scheduling in Sarasota County’s court system.