TIKTOKERS paid for a banner to fly over Brian Laundrie's house just as a Florida prosecutor said it would be "extremely likely" that additional criminal charges will be filed against the fugitive in the death of his fiance Gabby Petito.
A banner reading "Justice 4 Gabby – TikTok Times Up" flew over Laundrie's North Port, Florida home on Monday, just as state attorney David Aronberg said Laundrie's decision to flee would likely bring additional charges against him.
"That's coming," Aronberg, a state attorney for Palm Beach County, said on Monday, adding the additional charges were "extremely likely" if he is caught and brought to trial.
"At trial, his flight can come back to haunt him because the prosecutors can point to that," Aronberg told 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," the prosecutor added.
The 23-year-old has been on the lam since his parents returned home from a family hike without him on September 14, and was reported missing by his parents three days later.
He and his family have refused to cooperate with police after he returned home without his fiance Petito on September 1.
TikTokers decided they would take matters into their own hands and flew the banner over the Laundries' home for over an hour on Monday.
Laundrie's parents, Chris and Roberta, could also face charges in the case, Aronberg said, if it looks like they helped their son flee their home or cover up a crime.
"The parents of Brian Laundrie, they have done everything possible to incriminate themselves in the court of public opinion," Aronberg said.
"But in the court of the law, that is different."
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"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," Aronberg explained.
"So, for example, if they sanitized the van, that’ll get them hooked for a crime," the prosecutor 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."
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