Additional legal fees in opposition to Florida fugitive Brian Laundrie are “extremely likely” within the dying of Gabby Petito — if he’s discovered alive, a Sunshine State prosecutor says.
“That’s coming,” mentioned David Aronberg, the state legal professional for Palm Beach County, including that Laundrie’s choice to flee may also harm his case if he’s ever caught and charged.
“At trial, his flight can come back to haunt him because the prosecutors can point to that,” Aronberg mentioned throughout a latest interview with News Nation Now.
“In fact, it’s even in some jury instructions that says that if you flee, that is consciousness of guilt and juries hate it when you flee,” he mentioned.
Laundrie, 23, has been on the run since his dad and mom mentioned he left their North Port dwelling and went for a hike on Sept. 14 and by no means returned.
He refused to cooperate with police after returning dwelling from the couple’s ill-fated cross-country journey with out Petito, a 22-year-old Long Island native, on Sept. 1.
Petito’s physique was discovered at a Wyoming campground on Sept. 19, with a coroner declaring her dying a murder — though the trigger has not been launched.
The FBI has led a large manhunt for Laundrie and raided the Laundrie dwelling final month, returning at the least twice extra for proof.
Although Laundrie has not been charged in her dying, he’s the topic of a federal fraud warrant out of Wyoming for allegedly utilizing another person’s financial institution card to pocket at the least $1,000 in money and merchandise.
The feds haven’t revealed if it was Petito’s card.
According to Aronberg, Laundrie’s dad and mom, Chris and Roberta, might additionally finally be implicated within the case if it seems they helped their son flee or cowl up against the law.
“The parents of Brian Laundrie, they have done everything possible to incriminate themselves in the court of public opinion,” the prosecutors mentioned. “But within the courtroom of the legislation, that’s completely different.
“Under the law, to be charged as an accessory after the fact, you need to know that Brian committed a crime and then you have to do something to prevent his punishment or his arrest,” he mentioned.
“So, for example, if they sanitized the van, that’ll get them hooked for a crime,” he added. “If they hid evidence, if they bought him a plane ticket to get out of town because they knew he was involved in a crime, then you would see prosecutors getting ready to file charges right away. But we don’t have that evidence yet.”