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Suspect in Danville triple murder has brain tumor

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DANVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Did a medical condition play a role in the murders of three people at a Danville pawn shop?   Lawyers confirmed that Kenneth Keith has a tumor in his brain but they have yet to talk to his doctors about how that tumor affects him on an everyday basis.  Meantime family members of the victims say even they have questions about whether the pastor is the actual killer.  Family members showed up in Boyle County District Court to get a good look at the man accused of killing their loved ones.

"It just brings it all back, said Barbara Lewis, murder victim, Michael Hockensmith's mother.

Kenneth Keith is charged with shooting the owners of ABC Gold Games and More, 35-year-old Michael Hockensmith and his wife, 38-year-old Angela Hockensmith, and a gold broker, 60-year-old Daniel Smith.

Family wore tee shirts with the Superman emblem, Michael Hockensmith's, childhood hero.

His mother tells us the accused killer may have shown up to her son and daughter in-law's funeral.

"I never met the man I just know that somebody introduced himself as the pastor of the Mainstreet Baptist Church," said Lewis.

Court documents reveal investigators received an anonymous phone call who said Keith spoke to him about the murders.  The caller reported Keith, who used to own a business in the same location said the Hockensmiths were not innocent and "cost him a lot of money".  The caller said it was as if Keith "flipped a switch" when talking about it.

Mark Stanziano, Keith's attorney said Keith is scared "He's girding up for the idea this is going to be a marathon so to speak. He's likely going to be in jail the whole time."

Family is reserving judgment but say they plan to show up at every court appearance.

"I just want to make sure this man is guilty before I judge him myself I can't judge him at this point because I don't know for sure," said Lewis.  

Keith has pleaded not guilty.  Investigators learned Keith was supposed to have an appointment at the VA Hospital in Lexington the morning of the murders but he didn't show up.   He was later spotted on surveillance video at a pharmacy and then going to a car wash to have the interior and the exterior of his van cleaned.

Keith's next hearing was set for Oct. 23 at 1:30 p.m. He is being held without bond.

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