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The former priest accused in pawn shop slayings pleads not guilty

DANVILLE, Kentucky. – A former pastor accused of killing three people at a Kentucky pawn shop almost four years ago has pleaded guilty.

Media report Kenneth Allen Keith entered the plea Friday in Boyle Circuit Court. Keith was indicted in the death of the 35-year-old Michael Hockensmith, 38-year-old wife, Angela, and 60-year-old gold broker Daniel Smith. They were fatally shot in 2013 at the ABC Gold, Games and More in Danville.

Prosecutors recommended that the 51-year-old Keith serve a life sentence without parole. Had he been convicted, he would face the death penalty. His trial was set to begin in August.

The request comes after the court denied a defense motion earlier this year, who tried to suppress evidence collected as a result of a search warrant.

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