- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A former Pulaski County preacher charged with three counts of murder has taken the stand to testify during separate hearings in Boyle Circuit Court.

Local media outlets report Kenneth Keith, a former Burnside pastor, testified Monday. He is accused of shooting and killing three people in 2013 at a Danville pawn shop. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

Keith testified that he thought telephone conversations he had with Michigan preacher Tracy Herald were private and privileged.

Keith’s attorneys say the conversations shouldn’t be allowed as evidence because under state law, communications between a person and clergymen are “privileged” and shouldn’t be used against a defendant.

Herald testified that during one telephone conversation, Keith said the victims were not innocent and had cost him “a lot of money.”

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