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DANVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A minister has been arrested in connection with a triple murder at a Danville pawn shop in September.
Danville Police say 48-year-old Kenneth Keith shot and killed the co-owners of ABC Gold, Games and More store -- Michael and Angela Hockensmith -- as well as their business associate, Daniel Smith.
The couple's 9-year-old child was inside the store when his parents were shot and called 911.
"It's shocking. As shocking as the murders were, this is just as shocking," said Steve Devine, co-partner of the pawn shop.
Police say Keith is a pastor at the Main Street Baptist Church in Burnside, and used to be a part owner of the store.
Devine is co-partner of the business and says it was Keith, who goes by Alan, who once owned Kings Corner Pawn Shop in the same location and that Mike Hockensmith was his manager.
"To know him and and talk to him, like I said it's just shocking. From what I know of him, it's totally out of his persona," says Steve Devine.
Devine says Keith defaulted on the lease this past April and the store changed hands. On Wednesday, police executed search warrants and searched Keith's Somerset business, the Main Street Baptist Church and the parsonage where he lived.
He is currently behind bars in Pulaski County, while Danville residents and business owners are glad police have made an arrest in the case.
"This is Boyle County- Danville. We're not accustomed to this. We do not want to be accustomed to this in this county," said James Gage, owner of James Cigar Co.
Keith's sister-in-law told WDRB that when she informed him about the murders that day, he started screaming and was hysterical. She doesn't believe he committed the crimes.