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Ex-preacher found competent to stand trial for 3 slayings in Danville pawn shop

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DANVILLE, Kentucky — The former preacher charged with three counts of murder in a shooting in a Danville pawn shop in 2013 has been found competent to stand trial.

Commonwealth Attorney Richard Bottoms told local media Monday that Kenneth A. Keith's trial will move forward, starting with a status hearing Sept. 1.

The competency hearing suffered several delays because of several changes in Keith's defense attorneys.

A public defender, Sandra E. Downs, has been appointed and Keith has pleaded not guilty.

Keith is accused of fatally shooting and killing three people in October 2013 at a Danville pawn shop. He could face the death penalty if he is convicted.

Keith was a pastor at Main Street Baptist Church in Burnside. He was evaluated at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Hospital in La Grange.

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