A Florida choose on Thursday refused to toss a lawsuit introduced by Gabby Petito’s household accusing Brian Laundrie’s mother and father of realizing that their son had killed the Long Island woman.
Petito’s mother and father filed go well with over statements the Laundries’ lawyer Steve Bertolino put out — 5 days earlier than the 22-year-old’s strangled physique was recovered in Wyoming — that stated, “It is our hope that the seek for Miss Petito is profitable and that Miss Petito is reunited together with her household.”
Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt declare, nonetheless, that assertion was false, accusing Christopher and Roberta Laundrie of realizing on the time that Brian had killed Gabby.
Judge Hunter W. Carroll sided with the Petitos in denying the Laundries’ movement to dismiss the go well with.
“As alleged by the Plaintiffs, the Laundries made their assertion realizing that Gabby was lifeless, realizing the situation of her physique, and realizing that her mother and father have been frantically searching for her,” Carroll wrote in a ruling obtained by The Post. “If that is true, then the Laundries’ assertion was notably callous and merciless, and it’s sufficiently outrageous to state claims for intentional infliction of emotional misery.”
Gabby, 22, vanished on a cross-country journey with Brian, her boyfriend, sparking a nationwide search. After being named as the only real suspect in her disappearance, he, too, went lacking, only to commit suicide. His skeletal stays have been discovered within the Carlton Reserve in Florida on Oct. 20.
Laundrie admitted to killing Gabby in a notebook left in a Florida swamp the place he killed himself. He insisted it was an act of “mercy,” Fox News reported final week.
“I ended her life,” Laundrie reportedly wrote within the observe recovered by the FBI in October. “I believed it was merciful, that it’s what she wished, however I see now all of the errors I made. I panicked. I used to be in shock.”
Laundrie claimed he killed Petito, whom he was reportedly engaged to marry, after she fell within the Wyoming wilderness.
The Laundries have denied having any advance data of Petito’s demise.
Petito’s father, Joseph, acknowledged the legal victory in a tweet Thursday whereas claiming the “fact” can be revealed.
Christopher and Roberta Laundrie have till July 15 to reply to the allegations by Petito’s mother and father of intentional infliction of emotional misery, Carroll dominated.