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Holloway's parents suing ex-suspects in Aruba case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The parents of Natalee Holloway, the Alabama teen who disappeared last year while on a trip to Aruba with classmates, filed a wrongful death suit Thursday against two brothers who were once suspects in the case.

The civil suit filed on behalf of Beth Twitty and Dave Holloway claims that Deepak and Satish Kalpoe "intentionally, negligently, wantonly" caused fatal injuries to their daughter, according to court documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. The couple is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages.

"There is no doubt in my mind that Deepak and Satish played a role in my daughter's death and should be held accountable," Twitty said in a statement. "It's unconscionable that they have not been punished so far."

An after-hours call to the Kalpoe brothers' attorney was not immediately returned.

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed in connection with a case the Kalpoes, both residents of Aruba, filed Wednesday against television's "Dr. Phil" show alleging libel and slander.

The brothers alleged that a private investigator secretly recorded a conversation with Deepak Kalpoe and aired it on the nationally syndicated show. The show altered portions of the recording to "create false, incriminating, and defamatory statements that the plaintiffs engaged in criminal activity against Natalee Holloway," the lawsuit said.

The defendants named in the defamation lawsuit include talk show host Phillip McGraw, investigator Jamie Skeeters and CBS Television Distribution Group. Chip Babcock, an attorney representing all three defendants, denied the conversation was secretly recorded.

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