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Crime

October 11, 2013

Accused killer to be arraigned Wednesday in pawn shop slayings

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“The affidavit says ... the description of the person who (killed the three victims) was the same sort of description of (Keith),” he continued. “It’s a big guy, which eliminates all the little guys, but means the big guys are still suspects. The vehicle looked like (Keith’s), which means it looks like whole bunch of people’s too.”

Stanziano said he suspects that the state will say there was motive in Keith’s prior business relationship with the Hockensmiths, but that “as soon as someone comes forward with some claim of evidence, we’ll have more to talk about in terms of a response.”

Keith was arrested Wednesday at Gold Rush Gold Buyers pawn shop where he bought and sold precious metals. Police executed search warrants at Keith’s Somerset business, Main Street Baptist Church in Burnside and at Keith’s home.

Investigators offered no details about what, if anything, was discovered during the searches.

Rumors began swirling not long after Keith was transferred to Boyle County that he may have attempted suicide at the Pulaski County Detention Center. Pulaski County Jailer Mike Harris said a large slash on his throat — seen in the Pulaski mugshot and in more detail in the Boyle County mugshot — was there when he arrived at the Pulaski County Detention Center.

“He had the cut when he got here,” said Harris. “Medical looked at it.”

Harris said Keith was at the Pulaski jail for less than two hours on Wednesday, and he was monitored during that time. Sources stated that Keith may have tried to cut himself with a soda can, and Harris said inmates don’t have access to such items.

“He wouldn’t have a pop can in jail,” said Harris. “We don’t have cans in jail because of that reason.”

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