Jacquelyn Smith's husband, Keith Smith, said she was fatally stabbed after she rolled down a car window to give money to a panhandler in East Baltimore. But Baltimore police said Sunday that Keith Smith and his stepdaughter had been arrested in Smith's death.
Attorneys for Keith and Valeria Smith said Thursday that prosecutors have provided little evidence connecting their clients to the fatal stabbing of Keith’s wife in December, which they claimed was done by a panhandler.
The rapid conclusion to a hushed but hurried police manhunt shocked the state and nation even more than the tragic tale Keith and Valeria Smith tearfully told in December about how Keith’s wife, Jacquelyn, had been stabbed to death through a car window after giving money to a panhandler
After wire-tapping Keith and Valeria Smith’s cell phones, peering into their Google search histories and outlining apparent inconsistencies in their stories about the night Keith’s wife Jacquelyn was fatally stabbed, Baltimore Police charged the couple on a growing pile of circumstantial evidence.
Here in Cameron County, “the front door to Mexico” as he calls it, they don’t often find themselves jailing alleged murderers – two from far away Baltimore, no less – and the sort who attract attention from around the country.
Keith Smith benefited financially from his wife, Jacquelyn Smith, during her life — and had sought to be the executor of her estate, which he said was worthless. Now Keith Smith and daughter Valeria Smith stand accused of murdering Jacquelyn and concocting a story about a panhandler in Baltimore.
Even after her stepmother, Jacquelyn Smith, was brutally murdered in December, Valeria Smith never mentioned the killing to a potential investor she was courting to support her various business ventures. The 28-year-old woman even lied on social media about the investor becoming her partner.
The husband and stepdaughter charged in the death of an Aberdeen woman who was fatally stabbed in Baltimore — which they initially said happened after she gave money to a panhandler — were arraigned in Texas on Monday, authorities said.
The story of Jacquelyn Smith being killed after giving money to a panhandler in East Baltimore played created widespread, and unwarranted, hysteria about the threats posed by the homeless, officials said.
The widower and stepdaughter of a woman killed in an East Baltimore stabbing in December — an attack the man blamed on a panhandler his wife had just helped — have been arrested in her death. Baltimore police say they were trying to flee the U.S. and were arrested in Texas.
By Jessica Anderson, Colin Campbell and Justin Fenton
In a 16-minute homily to a gathering of more than 200 at St. Patrick Church in Providence, Rhode Island, the Rev. James T. Ruggieri said “some things don't make sense. They’re hard to fathom and understand.” The death of Aberdeen's Jacquelyn Smith is one of them.
Jacquelyn Smith was supposed to travel to California this week with family to attend her son’s graduation from an information technology program with the U.S. Coast Guard. Instead, the family will gather in Rhode Island Saturday for her funeral.
Since the story of a woman who was fatally stabbed in Baltimore while helping a panhandler made national news this week, Morles and some of Baltimore’s other homeless citizens who panhandle say they have seen the number of motorists willing to lower their windows dive.
The fatal stabbing of a woman who had tried to help a panhandler begging for money to feed her baby is a setback for Johnston Square, an impoverished neighborhood that residents, nonprofits and small businesses have been trying to improve and redevelop.
Public and private services are planned for Jacquelyn Smith, the Harford County electrical engineer who was killed over the weekend after giving money to a woman panhandling in East Baltimore, her husband said Tuesday.