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Suspect in 2013 triple murder at Danville pawn shop says pastor betrayed trust

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kenneth Keith, the former Kentucky pastor accused of shooting three people to death at a Danville Pawn Shop in 2013, says he thought a phone conversation with another pastor was private.

Police say Keith gunned down his former employee and church member Michael Hockensmith, Hockensmith's wife, Angela, and their business associate, Daniel Smith, at the pawn shop Keith once owned.

On Monday, Keith told the court that he thought telephone conversations he had with Michigan preacher Tracy Herald were private and privileged.

Keith's attorneys say the conversations shouldn't be allowed as evidence because under state law, communications between a person and clergymen are "privileged" and shouldn't be used against a defendant.

Herald testified that during one telephone conversation, Keith said the victims were not innocent and had cost him "a lot of money."

Keith could face the death penalty if convicted. 

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