Judge sets new trial date in civil lawsuit filed by Gabby Petito’s parents

Posted at 7:53 AM, March 16, 2023

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFTX) — A Sarasota County judge set a new trial date in the civil lawsuit filed by Gabby Petito’s parents against Brian Laundrie’s parents.

The judge rescheduled the trial for a two-week window starting May 13, 2024.


This May, the attorneys for both sides are scheduled to be back in court; the Laundrie family attorney, Steven Bertolino, is trying to remove his name from the lawsuit as a co-defendant.

In a second hearing, a judge will decide if a letter Brian’s mother wrote to her son can be used as evidence in court.

According to court records, the envelope contained “Burn after reading.” Brian’s mother claims she wrote the letter to Brian before Gabby was killed, whose remains were discovered outside Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming in September 2021.

This story was originally published March 15 by WFTX in Fort Myers-Naples, an E.W. Scripps Company.