Family of slain informant wins judgment over death

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court has reinstated a damage award to the family of a teenage informant killed while working for police, but lowered the amount the state must pay.

The high court on Thursday ordered the Kentucky Board of Claims to pay $148,787 to the family of LeBron Gaither of Bardstown. Gaither died in July 1996 after testifying before grand juries in Marion and Taylor counties.

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The case centered on how much liability police have when an informant is killed. It is an issue that has bounced around courts across the country for years without a clear determination about whether a law enforcement officer can be held responsible.

Gaither’s family had initially been awarded $168,000. A trial court overturned that decision, and the Kentucky Court of Appeals agreed.

 



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