Newly-issued bodycam footage has shown Gabby Petito speaking to police officials that her fiancé Brian Laundrie had hit her.
Laundrie allegedly cut her face by grasping her through his nail during a domestic scenario less than two weeks prior to her final appearance alive. The never-before-seen video from a second officer’s body camera displays one police officer pointing out new marks on her arm and face following pulling the pair’s van over in Moab, Utah, on Aug. 12.
However, Petito stated she began the physical argument. The video is from the same day as earlier footage displaying Petito was nearly cited for domestic violence. Police officials then allowed her and Laundrie to leave separately. The squabbles transpired over one month prior to the discovery of her body.
Twenty-two-year-old travel blogger Gabby Petito’s death was ruled as a homicide by officials. The case has piqued the attention of the United States.
The new footage reportedly proffers an additional glimpse into the Petito and Laundrie’s disagreements. Her boyfriend was arraigned the previous week for fraud in using Petito’s bank debit card. The couple embarked on their June trip in her van and they had uploaded videos of their journey online, reported US News.
Petito Hit Laundrie First
Police officials in Utah responded to a call following the pair reportedly getting into a squabble outside Moab’s Moonflower Community Cooperative store. The new footage shows an officer interrogating the 22-year-old if her boyfriend hit her. She responded yes but admitted that she hit Laundrie first, reported OK! Magazine.