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Gabby Petito's Family Lawyer Richard Stafford Believes 'Additional Individuals' Could Be Charged After Brian Laundrie's Cause Of Death Is Revealed

Nov. 24 2021, Published 4:03 p.m. ET

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Charges in the Gabby Petito murder case might be filed sooner rather than later according to her family's attorney.

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Following the news that the late social influencer's fiancé Brian Laundrie, died from a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the Petito's lawyer Richard Stafford released a statement stating that prosecutors have requested that he and Petito's parents and stepparents withhold comment on the case.

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"The Schmidt and Petito family has been aware of the circumstances surrounding the suicide of the sole suspect in Gabby's murder," the statement began via People.

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"Gabby's family will not be making a statement at this time due to the request of the United States Attorney's Office and the Teton County Prosecutor's Office," Stafford explained. "The family was asked to not make any comments and let the FBI continue their investigation."

But the last part of the statement raised some eyebrows. The legal mind said, "The family was also asked to wait for the United States Attorney's Office to make a determination on whether any additional individuals will be charged. When that determination is made, we will have a statement."

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As OK! previously reported, on October 20, Laundrie's partial remains were found at the Carlton Reserve in Florida.

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On Tuesday, November 23, Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino confirmed via NewsNation reporter Brian Entin that Laundrie had taken his own life.

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"Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was suicide," the statement read. "Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families."

Petito and Laundrie had taken off for their cross-country road trip earlier this summer. On September 1, Laundrie returned home to Florida without his partner prompting her family to file a missing persons report. On September 19, Petito's body was discovered in Grand Teton National Park. The county coroner ruled her death a homicide by strangulation.

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