Kenneth Allen Keith committed a triple-murder in small-town Kentucky: See No Evil investigates

Mugshot of Kenneth Allen Keith
Kenneth Allen Keith was sentenced to life in prison for a triple-homicide. Pic credit: Boyle County Sheriff’s Office

This week, See No Evil is in the small town of Danville, Kentucky, to investigate a robbery and triple murder at a pawn shop perpetrated by former pastor Kenneth Allen Keith in 2013.

Keith was a pastor at a Baptist church in Burnside, KY, and was also a pawnshop owner in the nearby town of Somerset, Ky. However, on September 20, 2013, he also became a murderer when he entered another pawn shop in Danville and blasted the couple who owned the store.

Michael Hockensmith, 35; his wife, Angela Hockensmith, 38, were shot dead along with 60-year-old gold broker Daniel Smith. Tragically, the shooting was witnessed by the Hockensmith’s 9-year-old son, who dialed 911; his 1-year-old sister was also present in the store; thankfully, neither of them was physically injured.

Keith had actually been a past owner of the pawn shop, and his main motive appears to have been robbery. His crime was aided by his knowledge of the layout of the store.

Unfortunately for Keith, eye-witnesses spotted him leaving the store and were able to give the cops an approximate description. His car was also recorded on surveillance footage.

He tried to explain away his presence in Danville at the time of the murders by claiming he was on a trip to buy medication that was only available in that particular town. Fortunately, the investigators were able to see through his lies, and he was arrested several weeks after the murders.

The Hockensmith’s son told officers that the gunman had been wearing a fake beard; he could easily tell because the synthetic hair was clearly missing from the spots under the ears. The cops actually found a razor in Keith’s possession that contained the shaved fake hair.

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The police also found evidence suggesting Keith had practiced firing the murder weapon out the back of his pawn shop in Somerset.

Keith found himself facing the death penalty; however, he avoided that fate when he pleaded guilty to the murders. Instead, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of probation or parole.

More from See No Evil

Follow the links to read about more horrifying murders profiled on See No Evil.

Lance Rougeau invaded the home of brave grandmother Linda Sweezer in Pierce County, Washington; in fighting him off to protect her sleeping granddaughter, she tragically lost her life.

Richard Bailey was a promising young student studying in Albany, New York when his life was stolen by street thug Devon Callicutt during a robbery. Callicutt and his buddies had conducted a number of robberies on the same night, but his accomplices then turned against him and testified to the cops that he had pulled the trigger.

See No Evil airs at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery.

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Laurence L. Smith
Laurence L. Smith
2 years ago

Kenneth Keith should have been given the death penalty regardless of how many trials it would have taken. Killing 3 people is obscene and now with his vengeance satisfied the tax payers will feed and house him.

Evelyn Schaade
Evelyn Schaade
2 years ago

oh i agree now them babies has no parents cause him

U.N. Owen
U.N. Owen
1 year ago

I can’t stand American southerners, and though I’m not religious, having a belief is something between a person, and their belief. Nothing more.

There’s a character in Dicken’s David Copperfiald, named Uriah Heep, who incessantly tells people how ‘(h)umble’ he is.

The point Dicken’s was trying to make that a person doesn’t need to constantly affirm WHAT they are; actions speak a LOT more than just words.

It always makes me chuckle, when the start off a show, such as this, and describe the place as being a great family-place, and when someone ‘knows’ someone else is ‘good’, because they’re ‘god-fesring’.


I live in a very big city. All my life, I’ve NEVER heard of, seen, knew about ANY of the sick,twisted depraved sh-t which goes on in these ‘god-fearing, family-friendly’ places.

Such garbage.

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