Wife of slain attorney to represent defendant in Danville pawn shop killings


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DANVILLE, Kentucky — The widow of a prominent defense attorney says she is now representing a man accused of killing three people at a Danville pawn shop last year.

Media report that Bethany Stanziano appeared in Boyle County Circuit Court Monday on behalf of Kenneth A. Keith, who is charged with murder in the fatal shootings of 35-year-old Michael Hockensmith; his wife, 38-year-old Angela Hockensmith; and 60-year-old gold broker Daniel Smith of Richmond. They were shot in a pawn shop co-owned by the Hockensmiths.

Keith had been represented by prominent defense attorney Mark Stanziano until he was fatally shot outside his office in June.

Bethany Stanziano, who practiced law with her husband in Somerset, wore her wedding ring on a necklace at the hearing.

"It's either this or I might as well lay down and die. I have to keep going I don't have a choice," she said.

She asked to postpone Keith's hearing until October so police can finish testing evidence and she can review it.

"We don't have all of the information we need from the commonwealth, and they don't have any answers for us," Stanziano said. "We'll have another status conference then if they have any evidence."

Prosecutor Richie Bottoms said the state police lab is still testing evidence in the case.

"Due to the nature of the case, it's a pretty detailed investigation," Bottoms said. "It's not so much a backup as it just takes time."

The next hearing in the case was set for Oct. 7.

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