Brian Laundrie update: Parents are asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Gabby Petito’s family

SARASOTA, Fla. — In a motion filed Wednesday, Brian Laundrie’s parents asked a Florida court to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed by Gabby Petito’s parents earlier this month.

In their lawsuit, Petito’s parents claimed that Laundries knew their son had killed Petito and were working to help him escape the country. Her lawsuit alleges that Laundrie told his parents about killing Petito around August 28 and that the laundries refused to answer Petito’s family or law enforcement when they inquired whether the 22-year-old woman died on life be.

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“Christopher Laundrie and Roberta Laundrie knew of the anguish and anguish of Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt, and knew that they could at least partially alleviate such anguish and anguish by disclosing what they knew of the welfare and place of mortals remains of Gabrielle Petito, but they have repeatedly refused to do so,” the lawsuit reads.

The dismissal motion, filed this week, says the laundries had “fundamental constitutional rights not to remain silent,” adding that the family had a “general constitutional right not to speak on any subject and a more specific constitutional right not to in the face of a criminal.” speak investigation.”

In a statement to CNN, Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino called the Petitos’ lawsuit “baseless and frivolous.”

“The laundries have exercised their constitutional right not to speak, relying on an attorney to speak for them. This is not only common practice in our civilized community, but embodies the exercise of fundamental rights under the United States and Florida Constitutions,” Bertolino said, adding he is confident the lawsuit will be dismissed.

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CNN has reached out to an attorney for Petito’s family for comment.

Petito, whose disappearance drew America’s attention last summer, was first reported missing by her family in September after embarking on an overland trip with Laundrie, her fiancé.

Laundrie returned alone to the couple’s Florida home, where their parents lived, in early September, leaving and disappearing about two weeks later. Days after searching for Laundrie on a Florida reservation, authorities in Teton County, Wyoming, discovered Petito’s remains. A coroner later ruled that she had died from strangulation.

In late October, the remains of Laundrie were found in the Florida Reservation area. A coroner ruled he died by suicide. Nearby, authorities found a notebook in which they said Laundrie had accepted responsibility for Petito’s death.

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