Earlier this year, Gabby’s parents filed a civil lawsuit against the Laundries, alleging in court documents that they knew Brian killed their daughter before her body was discovered, kept his whereabouts a “secret” after reporting him missing and were “making arrangements for him to leave the country.”
Brian’s parents filed to dismiss the civil lawsuit, however, in June, a judge denied the motion. The Laundries’ attorney, Steven Bertolino later said in a statement to E! News that they “are disappointed” with the decision and “will continue to use all available legal means to preserve their rights.”
Gabby’s mom, Nichole Schmidt, has since filed a separate wrongful death lawsuit against the curator of Brian’s estate, seeking $30,000 in damages. No trial date has been set.
The Laundries’ attorney told E! News that the lawsuit was “fully expected.”
“This lawsuit will most likely not be defended and the Petitos will have gained nothing more than a piece of paper that tells them what everyone already knows,” Steven said May 6, “which is that Brian was responsible for Gabby’s death as indicated by the FBI.”