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By BRETT BARROUQUERE

Associated Press

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.

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