Law: Hired Gun

Legal revenge in Kentucky

A night of drinking and arguing ended for Leonard Roberts and Robert Melton in a liquor-store parking lot outside the coal-mining town of Hazard, Ky., when Roberts pulled out his gun and fatally shot Melton. The incident was not unusual in the isolated, often violent hills of eastern Kentucky. Nor was the reaction of Melton's father Carl, 70. He wanted revenge, which is considered almost a family duty in a part of the world where blood feuds can last for generations. But instead of taking the old route of getting a gun and going outside the law to...

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