KY High Court Set to Hear Case of Informant Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE: 10/18/13 9:27 AM CDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky Supreme Court justices are weighing whether state troopers violated their legal duties in handling an informant who was killed during an undercover drug buy gone wrong.

The justices on Thursday heard an appeal from the family of LeBron Gaither, who died in July 1996 on a drive between Taylorsville and Casey County.

An attorney for Gaither's family argued that troopers continued to use the teen as an informant, even though his work had become known to dealers in the area.

An attorney for Kentucky State Police told the justices the man who shot Gaither and a grand juror who revealed his identity were responsible for the death.

The Kentucky Board of Claims awarded Gaither's family $168,000.

A Franklin County Circuit Court judge overturned that decision in 2011.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Kentucky Supreme Court is set to hear an appeal lawsuit brought by the family of a man who was killed while serving as an informant for the Kentucky State Police.

The high court on Thursday will hear arguments from the family of LeBron Gaither, who died in July 1996 during a controlled drug buy on a drive between Taylorsville and Casey County.

The Kentucky Board of Claims awarded Gaither's family $168,000. The board concluded that after exposing Gaither in the public hallways of two courthouses and giving his name to grand jurors, detectives should not have used him again for drug buys.

A Franklin County Circuit Court judge overturned that decision in 2011. The Kentucky Court of Appeals in May 2012 also rejected the award.

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