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Crime

October 11, 2013

Accused killer to be arraigned Wednesday in pawn shop slayings

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Tony Hockensmith told the Herald-Leader that Keith once ran a pawn shop called King’s Corner at the location where ABC Gold, Games and More now sits. He said Michael Hockensmith worked with Keith and helped manage that store before the store changed hands earlier this year from Keith, to the Hockensmiths and co-owner Steven Devine.

Tony Hockensmith also said Keith may have been having financial troubles, and Devine told the Danville Advocate-Messenger that there may have been some issues between Keith and the Hockensmiths after Michael Hockensmith began buying gold from Smith, the customer who was killed in the store, instead of Keith.

Public documents accessed at the Pulaski County Judicial Center reveal that FIA Card Services sued Keith in Sept. 2010 for $17,160.41 in unpaid credit card debt. That case began in Boyle County, where Keith’s address was listed as King’s Corner, but it was transferred to Pulaski Circuit Court after he changed addresses. The case was settled in January of this year.

Somerset criminal defense attorney Mark Stanziano is representing Keith and met with him Thursday. Stanziano maintains that his client isn’t guilty of the charges filed against him, and that he was not at the ABC store in Danville at the time of the incident.

“We deny having done any of this,” said Stanziano. “ ... We intend to fight it.”

Stanziano said that Keith “seems like a very nice guy” and is “in good spirits,” though he expressed concerns when meeting with his counsel Thursday about how the case would affect his wife and daughter, his congregation and his business.

Stanziano said that he doesn’t know why his client has been identified as the suspect in the case. “They (Danville Police) claim that they’ve got all this evidence, but I don’t know what it is,” he said.

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