Residents of upscale SC resort battle over turkeys

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - They are talking turkey in court in South Carolina this week in a battle pitting neighbors on upscale Hilton Head Island.

The Island Packet reports brother and sister Robert and Jennifer Klippel are suing Ralph Dupps for defamation. They say Dupps falsely accused them of stealing seven pet turkeys from his property six years ago.

Dupps says he found 4 of the birds in an island forest preserve, but never found the other three.

Petit larceny warrants were filed against the Klippels but were later dismissed. The Klippels then sued Dupps saying they had been falsely accused.

The Klippels say they took the turkeys to the preserve only after a Sea Pines Plantation security officer had told them Dupps had set the birds free.

Information from: The Island Packet,

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