The legal professional for Gabby Petito’s dad and mom is alleging that the mom of Petito’s suspected killer Brian Laundrie provided to lend him a shovel after the slaying in Wyoming — whereas her authorized workforce says it was written earlier than the younger couple left on an ill-fated cross-country highway journey.
Pat Reilly, the Petito household legal professional, wrote to Laundrie household legal professional Matt Luka in a Dec. 5 letter relating to the scope of the paperwork that Brian’s dad and mom ought to hand over in a civil lawsuit.
The correspondence between Reilly and Luka turned public report after the previous connected it as an exhibit in a Dec. 20 courtroom submitting, and seems to reference a letter that Reilly had beforehand sought to acquire over the summer time.
“This request definitely would additionally embrace the word that Roberta Laundrie wrote to Brian Laundrie, [in] which she provided to deliver a shovel to assist bury the physique,” Reilly wrote. “The word was launched to the custody of Mr. Bertolino on Friday, June 24, 2022 by the FBI.”
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That’s the day when Steve Bertolino, the Laundries’ longtime legal professional, and Reilly met with the FBI in Tampa.
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Investigators launched a number of gadgets to Bertolino on the time, together with Brian’s handwritten confession, discovered close to his stays on the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park 10 minutes from his dad and mom’ North Port residence on Oct. 20, 2021.
Each attorneys on the time informed Fox Information Digital that there have been different paperwork handed over.
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These included what Reilly described as a letter titled “burn after studying.”
“I do not really feel snug summarizing the letter,” he informed Fox Information Digital on the time. “The content material may be very particular and finest learn when accessible. If my perception as to the time it was written is correct, it reveals that at the least Roberta Laundrie knew of Gabby’s homicide earlier than Gabby’s physique was positioned. The remainder of the pocket book contained letters to his household.”
Roberta’s letter was undated, he added, however “the content material of the letter appears to point that it was written after Gabby’s dying.”
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Bertolino has maintained that the letter was written lengthy earlier than the homicide. He was named within the Petito household’s amended lawsuit earlier this month.
“Legal professional Reilly and his shoppers are entitled to allege what they need in courtroom filings, however their allegations should not primarily based on truth however on conjecture solely,” Bertolino informed Fox Information Digital on Friday. “The letter in query was written previous to Brian and Gabby leaving Florida and has nothing to do with this case.”
He mentioned Reilly was making an attempt to “additional sensationalize” the case and “taking unrelated feedback out of context.”
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Reilly didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information Digital’s requests for remark. Neither did Luka, one other Laundrie legal professional primarily based in Florida.
Chris and Roberta Laundrie haven’t been charged with against the law in reference to Petito’s dying.