Pastor arrested in connection to Danville triple homicide

Published: Oct. 9, 2013 at 9:26 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 24, 2013 at 3:47 AM EST
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Police outside of ABC Gold Games and More following the shooting.
Police outside of ABC Gold Games and More following the shooting.
Kenneth A. Keith (Source: Pulaski Co. Detention Center)
Kenneth A. Keith (Source: Pulaski Co. Detention Center)

DANVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A pastor has been arrested in connection to a triple homicide, according to Danville police.

In a press conference held Wednesday afternoon Danville police announced they arrested Kenneth A. Keith, 48, of Burnside, Ky., who goes by Alan. Keith is the minister of Main Street Baptist Church in Burnside.

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Police said they responded to the September 20 shooting after a 9-year-old boy called 911 and told police there was a robbery that led to the shootings at ABC Gold Games and More.

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When officers arrived they discovered the bodies of Michael and Angela Hockensmith, of Lincoln County, along with a third victim, Daniel Smith of Richmond.

The Hockensmiths' co-owner Steve Devine tells WAVE 3 News, Keith once owned Kings Corner pawn shop in the same location as their business.

Devine says Mike Hockensmith was Keith's manager before the store changed owners and names this past summer. Devine says he's shocked by the arrest and has always thought of Keith as a stand up man. He says he has no idea what the motive would be if it is true Keith did this.

Keith serves as pastor for the Main Street Baptist Church in Burnside. He lived in a house next door and he also owned Gold Rush Gold Buyers in Somerset. Police executed search warrants at all three of these locations before he was taken into custody.

"He was actually arrested at his business which is in Somerset," said Captain Robert Estill, Danville Police.

Mike was a local youth pastor and church members who knew the Hockensmiths say they're relieved someone has been arrested.

"We haven't went to trial or anything like that but just to have a name is definitely relieving," said Pastor Brett Benton, Mitchellsburg Baptist Church.

Keith is charged with three counts of murder and one count of robbery. He was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center where he awaits to be transferred to Boyle County.

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