Tensions escalated during the second day of depositions with Brian Laundrie’s parents, Roberta and Christopher Laundrie, in relation to the death of Gabby Petito. The depositions, which took place in Venice, Florida, provided new information about the aftermath of Petito’s death. Attorney Pat Reilly, representing Petito’s family, stated that significant revelations were made during the proceedings.
Roberta Laundrie, Brian’s mother, was questioned for over three hours on Wednesday. The questioning focused on a letter allegedly written by Roberta, referred to as the “burn after reading” letter. The letter purportedly offered Brian a shovel and garbage bags if he needed to dispose of a body.
During the deposition, emotions ran high as Nichole Schmidt, Gabby’s mother, described the experience as witnessing “pure evil.” Joe Petito, Gabby’s father, expressed his disappointment that the Laundries refused to acknowledge him throughout the two-day deposition, describing their answers as emotionless.
The new information obtained during the depositions is expected to play a significant role in the upcoming civil trial between the two families. Brian Laundrie’s sister, Cassie Laundrie, is also scheduled to be deposed.
The Laundrie family’s attorney Steven Bertolino stated that Roberta’s deposition went as anticipated, with no surprises. In response, Pat Reilly accused Bertolino of insensitivity, emphasizing the emotional impact on Gabby’s family.
The Petito family has filed a lawsuit against the Laundries and Bertolino, alleging intentional infliction of emotional distress. The lawsuit claims that the Laundries were aware of Petito’s murder shortly after her death in August 2021 but chose not to assist.
As the depositions continue, more details are expected to emerge regarding the circumstances surrounding Gabby Petito’s tragic death.