A nationwide manhunt stays underway for Brian Laundrie, who authorities say is an individual of curiosity within the dying of Gabby Petito.
The circumstances surrounding Laundrie’s disappearance have prompted hypothesis concerning the alleged function his parents may or may or not have performed in serving to their son elude authorities.
Of specific curiosity is how Laundrie’s parents, Christopher Laundrie, 62, and Roberta Laundrie, 55, declare they picked up their son’s Mustang automobile on Sept. 14 from the character protect that authorities are actually sweeping for any hint of Brian Laundrie. Some have speculated as to why they’d convey the automobile house, with out their son, leaving him in a big nature reserve full of alligators and snakes.
The parents didn’t report their son lacking till police confirmed up at their house on Friday, Sept. 17, three days later.
So far, Laundrie’s parents haven’t been charged with any crime, and specialists say that could possibly be a tall order below Florida legislation.
Per Florida Statute 777.03, an individual commits a felony offense once they help a person to evade detection, arrest, trial or punishment after the actual fact. Relatives of the offender, nonetheless, are largely protected against being equipment. This would come with the parents of Brian Laundrie, who now has a federal warrant out for his arrest for allegedly committing financial institution card fraud.
Harvard legislation professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz advised Fox News that many states have related statutes as a result of “there are a lot of people who think that parents’ obligation to children comes first.”
“For example, a woman or a man have a right not to testify against their spouse,” Dershowitz stated. “Now generally, that doesn’t apply to mother and child or father and child, but there are some people who think it should.”
However, legal professional Cory Baird advised WESH-TV that whereas the parents are protected against any prices stemming from how they may have helped their son, “if they made misleading statements or lied to officers, obviously that’s a crime in Florida, and they’re not protected from that.”
Baird stated any such effort, if there have been one, made by the parents to assist their son could possibly be a federal crime.
“Where you’re aware of a crime and you do your best to cover it up, or you don’t report it — that could be a federal crime in and of itself,” he stated.
Dershowitz cautioned towards drawing any conclusions about Laundrie’s parents.
“We just don’t know what the parents did or didn’t do, what they knew, what they didn’t know,” Dershowitz stated. “We have to presume innocence.”
Laundrie’s parents drove to Orlando on Thursday to meet with their legal professional.
The FBI on Thursday stated the U.S. District Court of Wyoming issued a federal arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie on allegations of debit card fraud between Aug. 30, 2021 and Sept. 1, 2021.
“While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito’s homicide,” FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider stated in a Thursday assertion. “We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr. Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI.”
Laundrie’s legal professional Steve Bertolino stated it’s his “understanding that the arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie is related to activities occurring after the death of Gabby Petito and not related to her actual demise.”