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County faces suit from family of slain Big Island musician

Robert Keawe Lopaka Ryder (Image: Hawaii News Now) Robert Keawe Lopaka Ryder (Image: Hawaii News Now)

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - The family of a Big Island musician who was shot and killed in 2013 is suing the Hawaii Police Department over claims that it allowed his identity as a confidential informant to be released.

West Hawaii Today reports the lawsuit filed by Robert Keawe Lopaka Ryder's family alleges he was killed by Martin Frank Booth because the department let Ryder's identity be leaked.

Booth was sentenced to life in prison in 2014 after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in Ryder's death.

At the time, authorities reported that Booth said the crime was in retaliation for an assault he believed Ryder had committed.

However, the lawsuit states that Ryder was killed because Booth learned that he had been acting as an informant against him.

The county denies responsibility for Ryder's death.

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