Salt Lake City, Utah — According to Utah criminal defense attorney Jesse Nix, Laundrie is under suspicion in the disappearance and likely death of his girlfriend Gabby Petito.
While so many people have been outraged at Laundrie’s silence, Nix says Laundrie got good legal advice to not talk.
According to Nix, it’s their job to focus on the defense of their client.
Nix offered a pretty clear distillation of the role of a defense attorney in America’s adversarial criminal justice system, where the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right to counsel for anyone charged with a crime, and the Fifth Amendment guarantees the right to not be forced to testify against oneself as a criminal suspect.
Petito’s body has not been officially identified and the Teton County Coroner has not performed an autopsy to determine her cause of death.
Brian Laundrie remained missing Monday evening. His parents said they last saw him on Sept 14.