Attorney Claims Mother of Brian Laundrie Offered Her Son a Shovel to Bury Gabby Petito’s Body
Pat Reilly, the attorney for Gabby Petito’s parents Joe and Nichole, has claimed that Laundrie’s mother, Roberta offered her son Brian a shovel to help bury the body of Gabby Petito, who was murdered in 2021.
Reilly made the claim in a new court filing in the lawsuit against Laundrie’s parents, Roberta and Chris. Reilly wrote to Laundrie’s attorney, Matthew Luka, about an ongoing dispute over evidence to be used in the lawsuit filed by Petito’s parents against the Laundries for intentional infliction of emotional distress.
“The request certainly would also include the note that Roberta Laundrie wrote to Brian Laundrie in which she offered to bring a shovel to help bury the body,” said Reilly in the letter to Luka filed in Sarasota County court.
Reilly stated that a note allegedly written by Roberta to her son Brian was found in an envelope with “burn this” written on it. Reilly also noted that the FBI released the letter to Laundrie attorney Steve Bertolino.
NEW in the Gabby Petito murder case. Per court doc, Brian Laundrie’s mother Roberta wrote her son and offered to bring him a shovel to help bury Petito’s body. The FBI had the note. Petito was found dead in 2021 in Wyo. Brian Laundrie killed her, then himself in Sarasota County. pic.twitter.com/9V8rzhKo9P
— Chris Anderson (@ChrisA0213) December 30, 2022
— Michael Ruiz (@mikerreports) December 30, 2022
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Bertolino responded to the claim stating:
“The letter in question was written prior to Brian and Gabby leaving Florida and has nothing to do with the case. Attorney Reilly is trying to further sensationalize this tragedy to bolster his case by taking unrelated comments out of context”
The hearing on the motion for the Laundries to produce the note Reilly wants is scheduled for March 13 in Sarasota County Circuit Court.
Petito’s parents Joe and Nichole, filed suit against the Laundries for allegedly knowing their son had murdered Petito and doing nothing about it.
Reilly is also seeking to add Bertolino as a defendant in the lawsuit.
So far, the Laundries have had a tough time in court. Earlier this year, Judge Carroll ruled against the Laundries’ motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Carroll also denied a motion to limit the scope of the Laundrie’s depositions, which are now scheduled for January.
The January depositions will be the first time the families will be together since the 2021 murder-suicide of Petito and Laundrie.
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