Kenneth A. Keith

The latest status hearing in the triple murder case against Kenneth Keith has only led to another one. The next hearing is now set for October 7th. Commonwealth's Attorney Richie Bottoms says if the case goes to trial, it probably wouldn't happen until early next year.

Former pawn shop owner and pastor Keith's defense remains in place. He had been represented by Somerset lawyer Mark Stanziano, who was killed outside his office in late June. Stanziano's widow and legal partner Bethany is stepping in.

Lawsuit Filed Over Danville Pawnshop Shootings

Jun 5, 2014

A man accused of killing three people inside a central Kentucky pawnshop last year now faces a lawsuit filed by the mother of one of the victims. Barbara Lewis filed the lawsuit against 49 year old Burnside pastor Kenneth Allen Keith on behalf of herself and her two grandchildren who are 10 years and 20 months old.

Lewis' son, 35 year old Michael Hockensmith, and his wife, 38 year old Angela Hockensmith, of Stanford and 60 year old gold broker Daniel Smith of Richmond were killed in the shootings.

The lawsuit filed in Boyle County Circuit Court seeks $665,000 for Michael Hockensmith's lost wages and $7,341 for funeral expenses as well as unspecified damages and damages for the two children.

Attorney: Burnside Pastor Wrongly Accused in Slayings

Oct 11, 2013
Boyle County

The attorney for a Pulaski County pastor accused of gunning down three people in a pawn shop says his client was not in the store on the day of the slayings.

Attorney Mark Stanziano said Friday there are people who can back up Kenneth Allen Keith's claim he never went to the Danville store on Sept. 20 when the shootings occurred. Keith was arrested Wednesday and charged with three counts of murder and one count of robbery. He's being held in the Boyle County Detention Center.

Prosecutor Richie Bottoms says he's "100 percent confident" he can get a conviction against Keith.

Police say a Pulaski County pastor has been arrested and charged with murder in the September 20th triple slaying at a Danville pawn shop.

The Advocate-Messenger reports 48-year-old Kenneth A. Keith of Burnside was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with three counts of murder and robbery in the shootings at ABC Gold, Games And More. Danville police Captain Robert Estill said authorities executed three search warrants at Keith's church, business and home.

Keith is pastor at Main Street Baptist Church in Burnside and has a gold buying business in Somerset.