Brian Laundrie told his parents "Gabby's gone" many times successful a "very tense and very scattered" telephone telephone from Jackson, Wyoming, 2 days aft he is believed to person killed her astatine a campsite extracurricular of town, according to tribunal transcripts made nationalist Monday.
Both Christopher and Roberta Laundrie conceded successful depositions for a civilian suit that they had concerns for Petito's use aft nan conversations.
Petito's father, successful a fiery deposition of his own, called Laundrie a "piece of s---" who was "raised by pieces of s---."
Both of Laundrie's parents could not place immoderate girlfriends anterior to Petito. However, they described him arsenic an outgoing personification pinch a batch of friends. They recalled gathering Petito for nan first clip and revealed that they had been nether criminal investigation successful nan autumn of 2021 successful relationship pinch nan case. Neither genitor was charged.
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He asked his begetter for thief pinch a lawyer, and though Christopher Laundrie denied knowledge of Petito's execution astatine nan time, he told Petito family lawyer Pat Reilly that, "after nan speech of really frantic he was and, you know, it was thing I thought we had to consider."
Roberta Laundrie, giving her ain deposition a time later, besides recalled nan event.
"I conscionable cognize from nan reside of Chris's sound it was thing serious," she told Reilly.
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They took it earnestly capable to interaction their attorney, Steve Bertolino, and nonstop him $25,000 to clasp a Wyoming-based rule patient connected behalf of their son, but they said they did not cognize what really happened to Petito astatine nan time.
"If she conscionable near and walked away, do you deliberation he would person needed an lawyer for that?" Reilly asked.
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"It was – it was a business of really frantic he was," Christopher Laundrie replied successful his deposition. "I had nary thought what to think. He asked maine to get a lawyer, and I couldn't get immoderate much accusation from him."
Days later, erstwhile nan slayer showed up connected his parents' driveway successful Petito's van, "like a kid who came home, you know, successful trouble," his begetter said.
"Let's link nan dots," Reilly said. "He told you Gabby was gone. He's frantic, and he's upset. He's for illustration a kid that came home, and he was successful trouble. Did that lead you to judge he murdered Gabby?"
"No," Christopher Laundrie replied. Ultimately, he said, Bertolino told him not to effort and talk Petito's disappearance pinch his boy – and he said it was not "his place" to nonstop an anonymous extremity to constabulary arsenic nan lawsuit picked up nationwide attraction successful September 2021.
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A Florida tribunal published nan grounds of Brian Laundrie's parents regarding what and erstwhile they knew astir nan decease of Gabby Petito connected Monday arsenic portion of an ongoing civilian lawsuit.
Read nan deposition of Christopher Laundrie
Christopher Laundrie said he did not cognize nan mates had near connected their cross-country roadworthy travel until he saw a telephone measure that showed his boy called a realtor successful Utah.
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He said that erstwhile his boy flew location for a fewer days successful August 2021 aft a home unit incident successful Moab, Petito "didn't consciousness safe" truthful his boy "put her successful a hotel." However, he said he was not alert of nan constabulary extremity until aft it was reported successful nan news. Roberta Laundrie said she did not cognize astir nan extremity until aft her boy was dead, moreover though he had travel location doubly by then.
Christopher Laundrie many times called his boy connected nan suspected time of Petito's execution earlier nan 2 said for astir 5 minutes, Petito family lawyer Pat Reilly said during his deposition.
Read nan deposition of Roberta Laundrie
"Do you cognize why you would person called him 3 times wrong a three-hour play and near him a sound message message?" Reilly asked.
"I mightiness person conscionable been wanting to talk to him," Laundrie replied. He said he could not callback what nan 2 said astir erstwhile he yet sewage through. He said they had a "very bully conversation" nan pursuing day, but Aug. 29 became "the time everything you know, deed nan fan."
"He was not calm, and he sewage very breathtaking and told maine things had – you know, ‘Gabby’s gone,' and he sewage very frantic," Laundrie said of his speech pinch his boy that day. "Everything was frantic and quick. So you know, Gabby's gone."
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The begetter said he had "no idea" what his boy meant.
"He said, you know, ‘Can you thief me,’ you know, and he mightiness request a lawyer," Christopher Laundrie said.
Laundrie, nan only fishy successful Petito's death, is believed to person killed her astir Aug. 28, 2021. According to his father's deposition, he made a "frantic" telephone telephone to his parents nan adjacent day, telling them "Gabby was ‘gone’" and that he needed a lawyer. Christopher Laundrie soon sent a $25,000 cheque to Bertolino to clasp a Wyoming lawyer for Brian.
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Petito's parents revenge a suit against nan Laundries, and later Bertolino, alleging they knew astir nan murder, tried to thief nan slayer debar justness and caused affectional distress pinch a nationalist connection expressing "hope" that she would beryllium "reunited pinch her family" much than 2 weeks aft her death.
Wayne Pollock, an lawyer and media advisor who specializes successful "the tribunal of nationalist opinion," based on nan connection was reasonable and ethical arsenic portion of an effort to extremity nan lawsuit against him. In part, he based on that nan arguable connection was warranted because Rick Stafford, an lawyer for Petito's parents, had been publically demanding answers from nan Laundries.
The filings were made nationalist arsenic portion of Bertolino's mobility for summary judgement – which, if successful, would let nan judge to make a ruling successful nan lawsuit without a afloat trial. The parties are scheduled for mediation connected Feb. 21.
The depositions of Petito's parents were besides made public. Her father, successful a fiery, 59-page document, said that aft reference Bertolino's Sept. 14 connection he was furious and that it was adjacent to presume "Brian had done thing unspeakable to Gabby."
If nan lawsuit goes to trial, it is scheduled to statesman connected May 13.
Petito's parents person started a foundation successful her name, which donated $100,000 to nan National Domestic Violence Hotline past year.
If you aliases personification you cognize is suffering from home violence, please interaction nan National Domestic Violence Hotline astatine 1−800−799−7233 (SAFE).