Attorneys seek to move preacher’s trial in pawnshop slayings

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Attorneys are seeking to move the trial of a Pulaski County preacher charged in the slayings of three people at a pawnshop.

The Lexington Herald-Leader ( ) reports that Boyle Circuit Judge Darren Peckler scheduled a hearing on Tuesday for a change of venue motion in the trial of 51-year-old Kenneth Allen Keith. The hearing is scheduled for Aug. 29.

The motion argues that Keith’s trial should be moved out of Boyle County because the case has received so much publicity that it would be impossible to select a jury capable of rendering a verdict based solely on evidence.

Keith has pleaded not guilty in the 2013 shooting deaths of 35-year-old Michael Hockensmith, 38-year-old Angela Hockensmith and 60-year-old Daniel Smith at a Danville pawnshop.


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