Judge denies change of venue request in murder trial

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A judge has denied a change of venue request made by attorneys of an ex-preacher charged in the slaying of three people at a Danville pawn shop.

Local news organizations report that Boyle Circuit Judge Darren Peckler denied the motion to move the trial of 51-year-old Kenneth Allen Keith on Tuesday.

Keith has been charged with murder in the 2013 shooting deaths of a Stanford couple and a Richmond man.

Attorneys for Keith cited a survey as evidence that Keith can’t receive a fair trial in Boyle County. Of the 401 surveyed by a Louisville polling firm, 65 percent said they thought Keith was guilty of the crimes.

Peckler argued that attorneys didn’t convince the court that “fair-minded” people wouldn’t aside any preconceived notions they may have had about the case.


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