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Petito family to get jury trial against Brian Laundrie’s parents

Joseph Petito
(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

The family of Gabby Petito has secured a trial by jury in their lawsuit against Brian Laundrie’s parents.

A preliminary hearing has been set for sometime in May, but the civil jury trial is scheduled to begin on Aug. 14, 2023.

Petito’s family is suing the Laundrie’s for withholding information from police that would have helped them search for their daughter.

They also allege that the Laundrie’s knew that their son was guilty in Petito’s murder and helped hide Brian from Police, causing even greater emotional harm.

The Laundrie’s filed a motion to throw out the case, however, the judge denied their motion.

Gabby Petito went missing after embarking on a cross country road trip with her fiancé Brian Laundrie, in the summer of 2021. Laundrie returned home in July before the trip was scheduled to end, driving Petito’s vehicle. Petito did not return with him.

Gabby’s parents became concerned for their daughter after they could not get ahold of her and they stopped seeing post updates on her social media.

During the search for Petito, the Laundries refused to give investigators and Gabby’s family any information regarding Gabby’s whereabouts.

She was later found dead in a national park in Wyoming.

Brian himself, then disappeared after going on a camping trip with his family, just before authorities announced that they found Gabby’s body and that Brian was a suspect in her murder.

Authorities say while his parents came back from the trip, Brian did not return with them.

After a month of searching, Brain’s body was found in the Myakkahatchee State Park. Authorities say he killed himself and left a note detailing that he was responsible for Gabby’s death.