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Gabby Petito dad and mom’ attorney claims Roberta Laundrie offered son shovel

The attorney for Gabby Petito’s dad and mom is alleging that the mom of Petito’s suspected killer Brian Laundrie offered to lend him a shovel after the slaying in Wyoming — whereas her authorized crew says it was written earlier than the younger couple left on an ill-fated cross-country street journey.

Pat Reilly, the Petito household attorney, wrote to Laundrie’s lawyer Matt Luka in a Dec. 5 letter relating to the scope of the paperwork that Laundrie’s dad and mom ought to hand over in a civil lawsuit.

The correspondence between Reilly and Luka turned public document 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 certainly would also include the note that Roberta Laundrie wrote to Brian Laundrie, [in] which she offered to bring a shovel to help bury the body,” Reilly wrote. “The note was released to the custody of Mr. Bertolino on Friday, June 24, 2022 by the FBI.”

That is the day when Steve Bertolino, the Laundries’ longtime attorney, and Reilly met with the FBI in Tampa.

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Nichole Schmidt solutions questions at a press convention in 2021.
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Investigators launched a number of objects to Bertolino on the time, together with Brian Laundrie’s handwritten confession, discovered close to his stays on the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park 10 minutes from his dad and mom’ North Port house on Oct. 20, 2021.

Both attorneys on the time instructed Fox News Digital that there have been different paperwork handed over.

Those included what Reilly described as a letter titled “burn after reading.”

“I don’t feel comfortable summarizing the letter,” he instructed Fox News Digital on the time. “The content is very specific and best read when available. If my belief as to the time it was written is accurate, it shows that at least Roberta Laundrie knew of Gabby’s murder before Gabby’s body was located. The rest of the notebook contained letters to his family.”

On the road trip, Laundrie killed Petito, leading to a nationwide search.
Roberta Laundrie’s authorized crew mentioned that she offered to present her son the shovel earlier than the couple left for his or her street journey.
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Roberta Laundrie’s letter was undated, he added, however “the content of the letter seems to indicate that it was written after Gabby’s death.”

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.

“Attorney Reilly and his clients are entitled to allege what they want in court filings, but their allegations are not based on fact but on conjecture only,” he instructed Fox News Digital Friday. “The letter in question was written prior to Brian and Gabby leaving Florida and has nothing to do with this case.”

He was named in the Petito family’s amended lawsuit earlier this month.
Attorney Steve Bertolino has maintained that the letter was written lengthy earlier than the homicide.
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He mentioned Reilly was making an attempt to “further sensationalize” the case and “taking unrelated comments out of context.”

Reilly didn’t instantly reply to Fox News Digital’s requests for remark. Neither did Luka, one other Laundrie attorney based mostly in Florida.

Chris and Roberta Laundrie haven’t been charged with a criminal offense in reference to Petito’s demise.

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