Court documents reveal possible motive in Danville triple homicide

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 14, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 14 at 11:06 PM

DANVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Kenneth Allen Keith, 48, is charged with the September murders of Michael and Angela Hockensmith and Daniel Smith at a pawn shop in Danville that he used to own.

Court documents are revealing more about what happened inside the store after the murders. The Hockensmith’s 14 month old daughter and 9 year old son were inside at the time. The boy called 911 and told the dispatcher, “A man came into the store and asked for money,” the boy went on to tell the dispatcher his parents were dead, lying on the floor.

Police arrested Pastor Kenneth Allen Keith last week after a former Danville resident, who now lives in Michigan, told them about a phone conversation he had with Keith days after the murders.

There’s no indication he admitted to the crime, but he did indicate hostility towards the victims when he said he didn’t believe they were innocent bystanders in the robbery and that the Hockensmith’s cost him a lot of money. The bad blood stems from when Keith used to own the business and the Hockensmith’s were his employees.

Court documents also stated that Daniel Smith’s briefcase containing $40,000 in cash was missing from the scene.

Keith is due in court on Wednesday.

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