DANVILLE — A hearing has been scheduled for June 8 to determine whether a former Pulaski County preacher is competent to stand trial in the September 2013 shooting deaths of three people at a Danville pawn shop.
Boyle Circuit Judge Darren Peckler scheduled the hearing Tuesday during a pretrial conference.
Kenneth Allen Keith was recently evaluated at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in La Grange.
After the competency hearing, to be held in the judge's chambers, Peckler will consider in open court other motions submitted by Keith's defense team.
It's possible that Peckler will be asked to consider a motion to move Keith's trial to another county because of pretrial publicity, defense attorney Bethany Stanziano said. That change-of-venue motion was filed months ago but has not been heard.
Keith, who was pastor of Main Street Baptist Church in Burnside, is charged with fatally shooting Michael Hockensmith, 35, and his wife, Angela Hockensmith, 38, both of Stanford, and gold broker Daniel Smith, 60, of Richmond.
The three were killed at ABC Gold, Games and More in Danville, a store co-owned by the Hockensmiths.