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October 11, 2013

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Hockensmith's mother, Barbara Lewis, said Keith showed up at the Hockensmiths’ funeral
“He just said he was so sorry for our loss. It's kind of like he was trying to play innocent.”
According to the citation filed by the Danville Police Department, witnesses at the scene stated a man with physical characteristics similar to Keith’s was in the area when the murders happened. They also told police that a silver or gray van was seen in the area as well.
Police say Keith owns a silver 2008 Dodge Caravan van.
“Investigation revealed that the defendant entered the business known as ABC Gold, Games and More, and shot and killed Michael Hockensmith, Angela Hockensmith, and Daniel Smith,” said the police citation. “(Keith) then removed property belonging to Daniel Smith from the business. Numerous witnesses gave descriptions of a man seen nearby and leaving the business at the time the crimes were committed that match the defendant’s physical characteristics. 
“Additionally, a witness described seeing the man fleeing the area in a newer model gray/silver van,” the citation continues. “The defendant owns a 2008 Dodge Caravan, silver in color. Several surveillance cameras at nearby locations captured images of a silver van that resemble the one owned by the defendant in the area of ABC Gold, Games and More during the time frame in which the crimes were committed.”
Police also say Keith, who owns the Gold Rush Gold Buyers store at the intersection of Monticello Street and U.S. 27 in Somerset, had detailed knowledge of the crime to which the public was not privy. 
“Through interviews with witnesses, investi-gators learned that [Keith] possessed intimate knowledge pertaining to the specifics of the crime, including the number of wounds sustained by one of the victims, and details pertaining to the robbery of the business and its occupants,” the citation said. 

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