A jury has been set for a lawsuit filed by Gabby Petito’s parents against Brian Laundry’s parents.
The lawsuit was filed by Joe Petito and Nicole Schmidt last month, alleging Laundry’s parents knew their son killed the 22-year-old vlogger.
Steve Bertolino, who represents Brian Lowdry’s parents, issued a media statement calling Petito’s claim “baseless and frivolous.”
“A motion to dismiss the baseless and frivolous lawsuit filed by Gabby Petito’s parents has been filed with the court,” Bertolino said.
“Laundries exercised their constitutional right to refrain from speaking and relied on a lawyer to speak on their behalf. This is not only a common practice in our civilized society, but also the embodiment of fundamental rights under the constitutions of the United States and Florida. »
He continued: “The rights of laundries are inalienable, and laundries can never be held accountable for exercising their legal rights in an authorized manner.
“My colleagues at Trombley & Hanes, who represent Chris and Roberta Laundry in this case, and I are confident that the constitutional rights of all citizens of this country will be protected by the dismissal of this claim. »
If the jury trial takes place, it will not begin soon.
According to court documents, the schedule was set for the week of August 14, 2023 at the Southern District Courthouse in Venice, Florida.
Laundrymen are also accused in court of helping their son escape the US after the murder.
“It is believed, and therefore alleged, that… Brian Londry told his parents, Christopher Londry and Roberta Londry, that he killed Gabriel Petito,” the lawsuit says.
“On the same day, Christopher Londry and Roberta Londry spoke to Bertolino and sent him a bail on September 2, 2021.”
The document also alleges that Laundry exchanged text messages between her phone and Petito’s after her death “to hide the fact that she died.”
Pat Reilly, representing Petito and Schmidt, was asked if there was any evidence to support the claims. He told WFLA, “They’ll have to wait and see.”
“If we didn’t believe it was true, we wouldn’t have included them in the complaint,” Reilly added.
The complaint was filed on March 10.
Judge Hunter W. Carroll released a statement in his ruling on Wednesday: “To be clear, the Court in today’s ruling does not convey the Defendants’ argument that this action should be dismissed with prejudice.”
“The intention of the Court is to remedy apparent procedural shortcomings before considering the merits of the defendants’ application. »
In addition, the lawsuit alleges that on August 30, Laundry sent a text message to Schmidt from Petito’s phone “in order to deceive her.” The text stated that there was no service in Yosemite Park.
The lawsuit goes on to state that there was no contact between Petito and the Laundromats after Brian returned from his September 1 trip, Petito’s family alleges.
However, after the official search for Petito’s remains began, the lawsuit alleges that the Laundry family refused to comply with law enforcement demands and that the Petito family did not answer questions or provide information.
Schmidt also claims that Roberta Laundry blocked her phone number as well as her Facebook profile around September 10th. ARAF journalist complaints.
Petito’s family also allege in the lawsuit that Londry’s parents planned to help her flee the country.
“While Joseph Petito and Nicole Schmidt desperately sought information about their daughter, Christopher Londry and Roberta Londry kept Brian Londry’s fate a secret and are believed to have arranged for him to leave the country,” the lawsuit says.
“Christopher and Roberta Lowdry have displayed extreme and scandalous behavior which, under the circumstances, is behavior that goes beyond all possible limits of decency and is considered outrageous, cruel and completely unacceptable in a civilized society. »
The Petito family is now seeking damages of at least $100,000, saying they suffered pain and mental anguish.
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