Pastor arrested for Danville triple murder

DANVILLE, Ky. (WVLT/WKYT) - Police have arrested a pastor in a triple murder case. Police say they've taken Kenneth Keith, 48, into custody for the murders of Michael and Angela Hockensmith and Daniel Smith. He is in the Pulaski County Jail.

Michael and Angela Hockensmith and Daniel Smith were killed inside ABC Gold, Games and More on Fourth Street in Danville. The murders happened the morning of September 20. The Hockensmiths owned the store.

The Hockensmith's two young children, a 9-year-old boy and a 14-month-old girl, were with them inside of the pawn shop when the robbery occurred. Officials say the couple's 9-year-old was the one who called 911.

We're told Keith is the owner of Gold Rush Gold Buyers in Somerset and the pastor of Main Street Baptist Church in Burnside. Police say the investigation was based on tips from the public and evidence. They tell us they got three search warrants. Danville Police, State Police, Somerset and the ATF all executed them at the Main Street Baptist Church office, the church parsonage and the shop Keith owned.

Police have previously said the murders were the result of a robbery. Shortly after the murders, they revealed nothing had been taken from store but cash had been taken from Smith. Smith, a gold buyer, had a regular schedule and ABC Gold, Games and More was one of his stops.


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