Family of murdered Danville couple claim money may be motive


by Michelle Arnold

Posted on October 13, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 13 at 9:48 AM

DANVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – After weeks without an arrest for the triple homicide, the news that pastor Kenneth Keith had been arrested and charged for the crime was another blow to the victim’s families.

Kenneth Keith and Michael Hockensmith were both pastors and police tell us Keith used to own the pawn show before the Hockensmiths took it over.

Angela Hockensmith’s mother, Charlene Worley, says in the last couple of months, the relationship turned sour.

“My own thoughts – it was for money and that’s the only reason I can think of. Just for the money,” she said.

Police haven’t released a motive but the families are still trying to comprehend Keith’s intentions.

In an exclusive interview with WHAS11, Michael Hockensmith’s father, Duke Lewis, recalled seeing Keith at his son and daughter-in-law’s funeral.

"I just shook his hand but my wife talked with him and everything and her mother and I just, I don't know why you would do that, come to a funeral after you just killed them," he said.

The grief and feelings of betrayal are strong but there is relief that a suspect is behind bars.

"Well, it's very painful, it hurts real bad. I'm real sorry. But, we do now have closure to it," Lewis said.

The small town of Danville is still reeling from the shock of the horrendous crime but through the heartache, there’s more unity in the community.

The brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at Centre College are doing what they can for the Hockensmith’s two small children.

“We were just planning to raise whatever money people would throw in and we would donate it to the fund,” fraternity member John Minton said. “I just was touched by the story and just kind of felt a pull in my heart.

They’ve raised around $3,000 so far. Minton had the idea to collect donations and sell leftover posters from the 2012 vice presidential debate with 100 percent of the funds going to the Hockensmith Memorial Fund.

“I mean sure that will give them some kind of comfort but i don't think there's anything that can fill in for losing your parents,” he said.