“It was extremely hurtful to listen to someone that has no remorse and no compassion for the girl they would call their daughter-in-law,” Gabby Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, said of Brian Laundrie's father's court deposition.
Joe Petito and Nichole Schmidt say the note could establish Roberta Laundrie knew that Gabby had been killed amid the desperate search to find her, but she's insisted it was an innocent message written before Gabby had gone missing.
Attorney Steven Bertolino says his “expression of hope and prayer” in statements made on behalf of accused killer Brian Laundrie’s family regarding Gabby Petito’s whereabouts — shortly before her body was found — “was not reckless,” court documents state.
Lawyers representing the family of Gabby Petito say the damning selfie — taken just as someone called 911 to report her as the victim of intimate partner violence — proves Moab police failed to protect the young woman before her eventual murder.
An attorney representing Gabby Petito's parents has alleged that Chris and Roberta Laundrie, as well as family attorney Steven Bertolino, knew Gabby had been killed when they issued a statement saying it was their "hope" she'd be reunited with her family.