The Pryor Times

Community News Network

October 10, 2013

Pastor charged with killing 3 at Ky. pawn shop

SOMERSET, Ky. — A pastor from a small Kentucky town is accused of killing the husband-and-wife owners of a pawn shop and one of their customers, all while the owners' children were nearby.

Kenneth Allen Keith, 48, is the pastor of Main Street Baptist Church in Burnside, Ky., as well as owner of another pawn shop in nearby Somerset. He was arrested at his shop Wednesday night and charged with three counts of murder and one count of first-degree robbery, police said.

Police say Keith entered the ABC Gold, Games and More shop in Danville – about 40 miles north of Somerset – on Sept. 20 and killed Michael Hockensmith, 35; his wife, Angela Hockensmith, 38; and Daniel Smith, 60.

Police said the Hockensmiths' children, a 9-year-old boy and 1-year-old girl, were in the store when the shooting happened but were unharmed. The 9-year-old called 911.

Michael Hockensmith's brother, Tony Hockensmith, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that Keith was his brother's former pastor, as well as the previous owner of the pawn shop where the shooting happened.

"Everybody's in shock. He (Keith) was at the funeral," Tony Hockensmith told the paper.

Police said Keith had "intimate knowledge" of the shooting, according to an arrest warrant obtained by the Herald-Leader.

Keith knew the number of gunshot wounds one of the victims suffered, as well as details about the robbery, according to the warrant. Witnesses described seeing a man who looked like Keith leaving the pawn shop around the time of the shooting, and nearby surveillance cameras captured images of a vehicle that looked like Keith's silver 2008 Dodge Caravan, the warrant said.

After Keith's arrest at his Gold Rush Gold Buyers shop Wednesday night, investigators were seen searching the business and removing documents. Police also searched Keith's home near the church in Burnside.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Community News Network
  • American sunscreens need an upgrade

    The last time a new sunscreen ingredient came on the U.S. market, the Y2K bug was threatening to destroy our way of life. Intel had just introduced the Pentium III processor, featuring an amazing 500 MHz of computing power.

    April 24, 2014

  • 20140424-AMX-COFFEE24.jpg Coffee growers' prayers for rain met with threat of deluge

    Brazil's drought made arabica coffee this year's best-performing commodity. Now, farmers are facing a downpour that is once more threatening crops.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Celebrity quack moms are a terrible influence on everyday parents

    On April 15, the actress Alicia Silverstone released a book called "The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning." It's chock-full of attachment parenting lessons and dangerous misinformation.

    April 24, 2014

  • Affirmative action ruling challenges colleges seeking diversity

    The U.S. Supreme Court's support of Michigan's ban on race-based affirmative action in university admissions may spur colleges to find new ways to achieve diversity without using racial preferences.

    April 23, 2014

  • A 'wearable robot' helps her walk again

    Science is about facts, numbers, laws and formulas. To be really good at it, you need to spend a lot of time in school. But science is also about something more: dreaming big and helping people.

    April 23, 2014

  • Cuba is running out of condoms

    The newest item on Cuba's list of dwindling commodities is condoms, which are now reportedly in short supply. In response, the Cuban government has approved the sale of expired condoms.

    April 23, 2014

  • The waffle taco's biggest enemy isn't McDonald's. It's consumer habits.

    Gesturing to Taco Bell, Thompson said McDonald's had "not seen an impact relative to the most recent competitor that entered the [breakfast] space," and that new competition would only make McDonald's pursue breakfast more aggressively.

    April 23, 2014

  • Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 4.42.47 PM.png VIDEO: Leopard attacks crowd in India

    A leopard caused panic in the city of Chandrapur when it sprung from the roof of a house and charged at rescue workers.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • The top 12 government programs ever

    Which federal programs and policies succeed in being cost-effective and targeting those who need them most? These two tests are obvious: After all, why would we spend taxpayers' money on a program that isn't worth what it costs or helps those who do not need help?

    April 22, 2014

  • In cuffs... 'Warlock' in West Virginia accused of sexual assault

    Police in West Virginia say a man claiming to be a “warlock” used promises of magical spells to lure children into committing sexual acts with him.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

Local Highlights
Poll

What is your favorite section of the newspaper?

Crime and court
Sports
Education, community news and features
Agriculture and outdoors
Other
     View Results
AP Video
Stocks