Kenneth A. Keith is charged with three counts of murder and one count of robbery(Photo: Pulaski County, Ky., Detention Center)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A church pastor was arrested Wednesday afternoon
in the slayings of three people last month in a central Kentucky pawn
shop that placed a nearby college on lockdown.
Police in Danville,
Ky., said they arrested Kenneth A. Keith, 48, of Burnside on three
counts of murder and one count of robbery after officers searched the
Main Street Baptist Church in Burnside where Keith is the pastor, the
church parsonage where Keith lives and Gold Rush Buyers, a jewelry store
Keith operates in Somerset, according to a news release from the police
The release didn't say where Keith was arrested.
Sept. 20, a man walked into ABC Gold, Games and More pawn shop in
Danville and fatally shot husband and wife owners Michael Hockensmith,
34, and Angela Hockensmith, 38, of Lincoln County, along with Daniel P.
Smith, 60, of Richmond.
were called by the Hockensmiths' 9-year-old son, who was in the store
at the time of shootings with his 2-year-old sister. The children were
Keith was taken to the Pulaski County Detention Center, pending transfer to Boyle County.
at the Kentucky Secretary of State's Office show that Keith used to
operate a pawn shop at the same location of ABC Gold.
show that Keith organized King's Corner Pawn & Gifts LLC at 500 S.
Fourth St. on Feb. 7, 2011 - the same day he and another man filed
organization papers for Gold Rush Buyers.
Keith filed another
document less than two months ago stating that effective June 30, 2013,
"Kings Corner & Pawn & Gifts LLC is closed and the LLC has been
The Hockensmiths purchased ABC Gold in July.
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a town of slightly more than 16,000, had two homicides last year and
one in 2010 but none from 2004 to 2009 and none in 2011, according to
FBI crime statistics.
The pawn shop is located on a heavily
traveled commercial strip two to three blocks southeast of Centre
College, a private liberal arts college with 1,375 students. The college
was placed on lockdown for about two hours after the shootings were