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Venice, Fla. – The family of Gabby Petito, who is suspected of murder by her boyfriend, Brian Laundry, last year, appeared before a Florida judge on Wednesday morning to decide whether the case against Laundry’s family should go to a jury. Test

Petito’s family alleges that Laundry’s parents, Chris and Roberta, knew their son had murdered their daughter and tried to help her escape justice.

Nicole Schmidt and Jim Schmidt, Petito’s mother and stepfather, and Joseph and Tara Petito, her father and stepmother, are due to be heard at 1:30 p.m. by Sarasota County Circuit Court Judge Hunter W. Appeared before Carroll. One of the couple’s attorneys, Steven Bertolino, appeared in person, while co-counsel Matthew Luca appeared in person. Chris and Roberta Laundry were not present.

The purpose of Wednesday’s hearing was to discuss whether the case should go to a jury trial. Prior to the hearing, civil lawyers Bertolino and Patrick Reilly, representing the Petito-Schmidt family, said they were not sure if the judge would announce the verdict during Wednesday’s hearing.

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Gabby Petito, left, and Brian Laundry are seen in bodycam footage released by the Moab City Police Department in Utah.

Gabby Petito, left, and Brian Laundry are seen in bodycam footage released by the Moab City Police Department in Utah.
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Petito’s parents filed a civil lawsuit earlier this year accusing Chris and Roberta Laundry of murdering their son Gabby and trying to help him escape.

“Christopher Laundry and Roberta Laundry exhibited extreme and degrading behavior which, according to the circumstances, goes beyond all possible boundaries of civilization and is considered shocking, oppressive and utterly intolerable in a civilized society,” the lawsuit alleges. “As a direct result of the will and hatred of Christopher Laundry and Roberta Laundry, Joseph Petito and Nicole Schmidt, Joseph Petito and Nicole Schmidt lost the ability to enjoy the pain and suffering, the mental anguish, the inconvenience, the life they experienced in the past and will experience in the future.”

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On August 27, 2021, Brian Laundry filed a complaint describing how “believed” he was to “murder Gabriel Petito.”

According to court documents and the FBI, Laundry later sent a fake text message stating that she had died in an attempt to “hide the facts” of his cell and Petito.

The complaint alleges that Laundry confessed to his parents on Aug. 28 and that Laundry hired attorney Steve Bertolino, a longtime friend, on Sept. 2.

The photo shows Sarasota County Courthouse where Gabby Petito's family is expected to attend the hearing of their lawsuit against Brian Laundry's parents on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

The photo shows Sarasota County Courthouse where Gabby Petito’s family is expected to attend the hearing of their lawsuit against Brian Laundry’s parents on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.
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Bertolino and co-counsel Luca filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Luca argued in court on Wednesday that there was “no legal basis” for the reason for taking action against the laundry.

The Petito-Schmidt family argues that laundry has a bond, a duty to speak, “Luca told the court.” In our society, under our law, people are free not to speak. “

Laundry and 22-year-old Petito set out in mid-2021 with a plan to visit the national parks in the white converted Ford Transit. The couple met several years ago in Long Island, New York, where they grew up and later moved in with Brian’s parents in North Port, Florida.

Gabby Petito's family was seen walking into a Florida courtroom before the June 22, 2022 hearing.

Gabby Petito’s family was seen walking into a Florida courtroom before the June 22, 2022, hearing.

Returned to North Port on September 1 with laundry van, but without Petito.

After his disappearance, state, local, county, and federal law enforcement searched extensively for the reserve and the mikehacchi, where laundry is said to have parked his car at the time.

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His family did not announce he had returned until September 17 – four days after he was reportedly released.

Petito’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, reported her disappearance to Suffolk County Police in New York on September 11. Search teams found Petito’s body near Wyoming’s Grant Teton National Park on Sept. 19, and shortly thereafter announced she was the victim of a homicide.

Laundry Remains 20 Oct. In 2021, a 23-year-old boy’s hometown was found in Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in North Port. His parents found Brian’s bag and other items while hiking in the area, where they told authorities their son was frequently identified. Fox News Digital captured photos and unique videos of parents searching for the swamp, where law enforcement officers finally made the gruesome search.

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Laundry was considered a fugitive and was interested in the disappearance and death of Gabby Petito. The FBI had issued a warrant for his arrest on charges of unauthorized use of a bank card.