Brothers Seek to Dismiss Lawsuit in Natalee Holloway Case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two brothers who were former suspects in the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba are seeking to dismiss a lawsuit brought against them by the teen's parents.

They say the case has no connection to California.

In court papers filed last week, the attorney for Deepak and Satish Kalpoe argued the brothers are residents of Aruba and have no ties to California.

Holloway's parents filed a wrongful death suit in December in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming Deepak and Satish Kalpoe caused
fatal injuries to their teenage daughter.

Beth Twitty and Dave Holloway chose the Los Angeles court after the Kalpoes sued the "Dr. Phil" talk show alleging libel and slander in the same venue.

The brothers' lawsuit alleges the show altered portions of a secretly recorded conversation between Deepak Kalpoe and a private investigator to "create false, incriminating, and defamatory statements that the plaintiffs engaged in criminal activity against Natalee Holloway."

A judged ruled January 24th that the wrongful death suit was substantially different from the defamation suit and should not be presided by the same judge.

Holloway was 18 when she disappeared on May 30th of 2005 while on a trip to Aruba with fellow graduates of Mountain Brook High School. She was last seen getting into a car with the Kalpoes and
their friend, Joran van der Sloot.

Police spent months searching for the missing teen, but the case did not lead to any criminal trial in Aruba.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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