The family of the murder victim filed a lawsuit, and in the most recent development in the Gabby Petito case, Steven Bertolino, the former lawyer for Brian Laundrie’s family, has responded to the third amended complaint.
Bertolino maintains in the latest filing that Gabby Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, only had a brief encounter with Chris and Roberta Laundrie once and that the families never had a “cordial relationship.”
Bertolino also stated that because of this case, the Laundries were getting death threats.
The statement goes on to say that Bertolino cannot be held responsible for the Petito/Schmidts’ “severe emotional distress,” since it was “preexisting,” as claimed in the lawsuit.
The emotional pain of Gabby Petito’s death during a road trip in 2021 with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, has caused her family to sue the Laundries. They accused Bertolino of causing them “mental suffering and anguish” throughout the period they were frantically looking for their daughter in their legal lawsuit.
For almost a year, Petito’s family has been engaged in a court struggle with Laundrie’s parents, claiming they were aware that their son had killed Petito.
In November 2022, Petito’s mother received $3 million after a Florida judge decided in favour of Petito’s family in a wrongful death lawsuit against Brian Laundrie’s estate.
After Gabby’s body was discovered inside a Wyoming national forest, her death was declared a homicide.
Before killing himself, according to the FBI, Brian Laundrie allegedly wrote in a journal that he was responsible for Gabby’s demise.