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Gabby Petito Family Attorney Reveals Potential Witness List In Civil Suit Against Brian Laundrie's Parents
Attorneys representing Gabby Petito's family hope to call Brian Laundrie's parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, in their civil lawsuit, but the Laundrie's family attorney says that's "not likely."
A list of potential witnesses who could take the stand in a civil lawsuit lodged by Gabby Petito’s parents against the parents of her fiancé Brian Laundrie has been released through the family’s attorneys.
The list, which is only procedural in nature, provides some insight into where the Petito family attorneys hope to take the case, but does not necessarily reflect the witnesses that would ultimately take the stand if the case eventually proceeds to trial, according to Fox News.
The list includes Brian Laundrie’s parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, who have only publicly commented about the case through their attorney, along with Gabby’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, stepfather James Schmidt, father Joseph Petito and stepmother Tara Petito.
The family’s attorneys note that FBI representatives and members of the North Port Police Department could also be called to testify.
While the Petito family is hoping that Chris and Roberta Laundrie will take the stand, the Laundrie’s family attorney Steven P. Bertolino told Fox News it was “not likely” and referred to the document as a “wish list.”
Gabby was killed in August during a cross-country trek with Brian to visit the nation’s national parks.
The pair were traveling in a converted camper van, but on Sept. 1 Brian returned to Florida in the van without his 22-year-old fiancée.
She was found strangled to death in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park later that month.
Brian initially refused to cooperate with investigators and then disappeared himself, days before Gabby’s body was discovered.
His remains were found in October in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in Florida near a notebook with a note claiming responsibility for Gabby’s death.
Authorities would later determine he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The Petito family has alleged through the lawsuit, previously obtained by Oxygen.com, that Chris and Roberta Laundrie knew their son had killed Gabby, but remained silent for weeks.
It accuses the Laundries of deciding instead to take a family camping trip to Fort DeSoto Park with their son rather than report what they knew to Gabby’s family or law enforcement.
The Petito’s called the Laundrie family’s actions something that “goes beyond all possible bounds of decency and is regarded as shocking, atrocious, and utterly intolerable in a civilized community.”
After Gabby’s mother officially reported her daughter missing, the Laundries issued a public statement saying it was their “hope” that the search effort would be “successful” and that the 22-year-old would be “reunited with her family.”
“For the Laundries to express their ‘hope’ that Gabrielle Petito was located and reunited with her family, at a time when they knew she had been murdered by their son is beyond outrageous,” the lawsuit stated.
It's not clear how the Petito family intends to establish that the Laundries new of their son's involvement in Gabby's murder.
In a statement to Oxygen.com after the initial lawsuit was filed in March, Bertolino argued that Chris and Roberta Laundrie were under no obligation to divulge what they did or didn’t know and were only executing their right to remain silent.
In a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, he referred to the suit as “baseless and frivolous.”
Gabby’s parents have also filed a lawsuit against Brian Laundrie’s estate, seeking damages of at least $30,000.
Bertolino told NBC News he believes that lawsuit was filed as part of a legal maneuver to try to obtain Brian’s notebook and writings.
Patrick Reilly, an attorney who represents the Petito family, seemed to confirm that was the family’s desire, telling the news outlet that her parents “will eventually get Brian Laundrie’s notebook and writings.”