Brian Laundrie’s PARENTS appear to be facing a postponed deadline over the infamous ‘fire-after-reading’ letter in the controversial lawsuit filed by Gabby Petito’s family.
The Petito’s legal team have repeatedly blown up the letter sent by the fugitive’s mother before his death, calling it “damned”.
Gabby’s family is suing Laundrie’s parents, claiming they knew Brian murdered their daughter and decided not to act.
DELAYED START DATE
The emotional distress case was originally scheduled to go to trial in August 2023.
However, on Wednesday it was given a start date of May 13, 2024, according to WLFA.
It is scheduled to last until May 24, 2024.
There will reportedly be several pre-trial hearings before then, including one on the laundry’s motion to dismiss.
If the trial goes ahead as planned, Roberta Laundrie could face more questions about the now infamous letter she sent to her son.
THE LETTER “BURN AFTER READING”.
The letter was found at the Laundrie family home after being taken from their son’s van.
Patrick Reilly, Petito’s parents’ attorney, previously revealed that the letter contained messages about helping Laundrie “get out of jail, get a shovel and some other things.”
The words “Burn after reading” are said to have been written on the cover.
It is undated, although both legal teams dispute when it was unwritten.
Petito’s legal team has previously claimed it was “written after Gabby was killed and before Brian took his own life”.
While laundry attorney Matt Luka insisted Wednesday that their position remains “that the letter was written before Brian and Gabby even started their journey”.
Luka also claimed that the letter had “no relevance to the plea” behind the Petito’s civil suit.
Petito’s remains were discovered in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park on September 21, 2021, after traveling cross-country with her boyfriend.
Laundrie later took his own life in Florida after weeks of evading law enforcement. His remains were discovered on October 20, 2021.
At the time, officials discovered a diary in which Laundrie admitted killing his girlfriend because she was injured and refused to get him help.
The admission has been repeatedly questioned since then, particularly in light of the letter.
Earlier this month, Laundrie’s mother claimed the letter had nothing to do with Gabby or her death.
Instead, Roberta insisted the note was meant to show how much she loved her son, according to court records.
“Although I used words that seem to have a connection to Brian’s actions and his killing of Gabby, I never imagined that the events that unfolded between Brian and Gabby months later would reflect the words in my letter,” said Roberta.
“The words in the letter could never have been a comment on this tragic situation as they were written so many months ago.
“My words to Brian were to convey my love and support for my son through a lighthearted and quirky reminder that my love for him was not diminished and could not be shaken by the mile-long separation we would soon face.”
The Laundrie family’s legal team has consistently urged that the full contents of the letter be kept from the public.
“We would just prefer that the letter not be shared with anyone,” said Luka on Wednesday.
“We would expect the letter to be published if discovered and some of the words contained in the letter could be interpreted in certain ways and we would simply prefer that it not be disclosed at all .”
Meanwhile, Petito’s legal department is pushing for the letter to be brought before a jury.
“Who writes their grown son a letter saying I’m going to help bury a body? It’s no surprise she didn’t want anyone else to see her,” Reilly told WFLA.
“It’s a very self-serving document, designed to divert attention from what it says,” he added.
“I think it needs to come before a jury to decide what his intention was.”
The delayed start of the trial comes a month after Petito’s legal team released a heartbreaking selfie showing injuries Gabby allegedly sustained during Brian’s fatal road trip.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7640457/laundrie-family-new-deadline-burn-after-reading-letter/ Brian Laundrie’s family could face a new deadline over the burning after reading the letter amid a standoff with Gabby Petito’s parents