- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Michigan pastor who led police to suspect Kenneth Allen Keith in the murder of three people at a Danville pawn shop will be allowed to testify during Keith’s trial.

The Advocate-Messenger reports (https://bit.ly/20DNDYO) a judge denied a defense motion Friday to suppress Tracy Herald’s testimony on the grounds that four conversations between Keith and Herald were confidential.

Keith, a Baptist preacher, has pleaded not guilty to the 2013 murders and robbery of Michael Hockensmith, Angela Hockensmith and Daniel Smith.

Herald previously testified that he had called Keith after learning of the murders. After Herald told Keith he believed the Hockensmiths were innocent victims, Herald says Keith began yelling, “They ain’t innocent!”

Herald went to police after the conversation. Three subsequent conversations between Herald and Keith were recorded, and served as the basis for an arrest warrant.

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Information from: The (Danville, Ky.) Advocate-Messenger, https://www.centralkynews.com/amnews

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