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Parents of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie set for mediation in emotional distress lawsuit

Parents of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie set for mediation in emotional distress lawsuit
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The families of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie are set to attend a mediation conference Wednesday, court records show, in an effort to resolve a lawsuit in which Petito’s parents claim the Laundries knew their son killed his fiancée during a cross-country road trip but intentionally withheld that information.

If mediation is unsuccessful, the case is scheduled to go to trial in May.

Wednesday’s conference comes a week after court documents showed Laundrie’s parents acknowledged in depositions that their son told them Petito was “gone” and that he would need a lawyer in a frantic phone call on August 29, 2021, three weeks before Petito’s strangled remains were found in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Christopher and Roberta Laundrie denied being told by their son that he killed Petito, though Roberta Laundrie said the thought “probably went through my mind.”

Petito’s family reported the 22-year-old missing on September 11, 2021, 10 days after Brian Laundrie returned to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida. He vanished soon after, igniting a weekslong manhunt that ended with the discovery of his remains in a Florida nature reserve. A medical examiner determined the 23-year-old man died by suicide, and authorities said they found writings nearby in which he claimed responsibility for Petito’s death.

In the years since, Petito’s family has sought some semblance of justice through the civil court process: A Florida judge previously ruled in favor of Petito’s family in a wrongful death lawsuit against Brian Laundrie’s estate, awarding a largely symbolic $3 million to Petito’s mother as the administrator of her estate.

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