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Prosecutor to Seek Death Penalty in Pawn Shop Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A central Kentucky prosecutor says he will seek the death penalty for a pastor accused of murdering three people at a Danville pawn shop in September.

Boyle County Commonwealth's Attorney Richie Bottoms filed notice Thursday that he will seek a death sentence against 48-year-old Kenneth Allen Keith of Burnside in Pulaski County. Keith has been in the Boyle County jail in Danville without bond since being charged Oct. 9.

Keith is charged with three counts of murder and one count of first-degree wanton endangerment in the deaths of 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. The fatal shootings happened in a pawn shop co-owned by the Hockensmiths.

Keith was pastor of Main Street Baptist Church in Burnside at the time of the shootings.

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