Lawyers to appear at civil suit hearing in Gabby Petito’s death

Attorneys for the parents of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie are scheduled to appear in Sarasota County Court in Florida at a hearing to dismiss a civil suit brought by the Petitos.

Gabby Petito’s parents Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt have filed a lawsuit against Christopher and Roberta Laundrie after their daughter was murdered. The Petitos claim in the lawsuit that Brian Laundrie, Petito’s boyfriend, told his parents he killed her before returning home alone from their trip out West.

The Laundries filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

Judge Hunter Carroll is also due to hold a hearing in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Gabby Petito’s mother. Schmidt seeks damages in excess of $30,000 and demands a jury trial.

Tara and Joe Petito react as North Port City Police Chief Todd Garrison speaks during a press conference for their missing daughter Gabby Petito, Sept. 16, 2021, in North Port, Florida .

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Petito and Brian Laundrie were on a trip through the county last year, documenting their trips on social media. Petito suddenly disappeared on August 25. Brian Laundrie returned alone to North Port, Florida.

Eleven days after the search began, Petito’s body was found in a remote area of ​​a Wyoming national park in September. The cause of death was ruled to be strangulation.

In January, the FBI concluded that Petito was murdered by Brian Laundrie, claiming that Laundrie wrote in a notebook that he killed her. The notebook was found near his body, along with a backpack and a gun.

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