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Warrants: Pastor Angry With Pawn Shop Owners

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DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Search warrants and related affidavits said a central Kentucky pastor had been angry with a couple running a pawn shop in the days leading up to their shooting deaths.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that 48-year-old Kenneth Allen Keith of Burnside told a friend in Michigan that 35-year-old Michael Hockensmith and his wife, 38-year-old Angela Hockensmith, "cost him a lot of money."

Keith is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Boyle District Court on charges of murder related to the deaths of the Hockensmiths and a gold broker, 60-year-old Daniel Smith of Richmond. All three were killed inside the ABC Gold Games and More in Danville on Sept. 20. The Hockensmiths co-owned the store.

Keith's attorneys said police arrested the wrong man.

The shootings happened in the presence of the Hockensmiths' 9-year-old son and 14-month-old daughter. The boy called 911 shortly after 9 a.m. to report that his parents had been shot.

Four days after the shooting, a Michigan man, who asked to remain anonymous, told police he had contacted a man he identified as Allen Keith about the crimes. The Michigan man, who formerly lived in Danville, had learned about the homicides through the Facebook posts and had contacted Keith for more information.

During the conversation, Keith said he was in Lexington that day at Veteran's Affairs hospital and offered a scenario for what he believed happened to the Hockensmiths, Peel wrote. Keith told the friend the shootings were a "hit" on Smith and the Hockensmith's just happened to be there when it happened, Peel wrote.

Keith told the Michigan man the Hockensmiths 'cost him a lot of money'," Peel wrote.

Steve Divine, co-owner of ABC Gold Games and More, had discussed a partnership with Keith, but went into business the Hockensmiths instead.

Investigators learned that Keith had a VA hospital appointment on September 19, the day before the shootings but did not show up. Another appointment was scheduled for October 21.

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