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Coverage of the killing of Jacquelyn Smith

Stories, videos and more about the death of Jacquelyn Smith, which originally was blamed on a panhandler in East Baltimore.

Baltimore prosecutors drop murder case, add accessory charge against daughter in killing blamed on panhandler

“We’ve basically said all along that Ms. Smith’s role in this was greatly exaggerated initially by the state,” defense attorney Brandon Mead said.

Widower, stepdaughter who blamed panhandler for woman's stabbing death in Baltimore arrested

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.

Husband, stepdaughter who were charged in killing originally blamed on panhandler are denied bail in Baltimore

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.

Sons ask court to strip Keith Smith from mother’s estate in killing originally blamed on Baltimore panhandler

Sons of Jacquelyn Smith, who was slain in Baltimore, are asking the court to strip from her husband and alleged killer the control of her estate.

A marriage, a stabbing, an arrest near Mexico: Manhunt leads to capture of husband in Baltimore 'panhandler' killing

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

Case against husband, stepdaughter in Baltimore 'panhandler' killing built on circumstantial evidence, experts say

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.

When a big crime reaches a small town: Alleged Baltimore killers cause a stir near the Mexican border

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.

They said a Baltimore panhandler killed their family member. Now police say they did it. How did we get here?

With all that's happened since Jacquelyn Smith was killed in December, it can be difficult to remember all the facts. Here's a timeline of events since her death in December.

Charging documents for Keith and Valeria Smith

Officials released these documents supporting charges against Jacquelyn Smith's husband and stepdaughter in the Harford County woman's December death.

Baltimore 'panhandler' killing: Documents allege Keith Smith asked brother to 'get rid of' his wife

Keith Smith asked his brother Vick Smith to "get rid of" Keith's wife, Jacquelyn Smith, and ultimately blamed her death on a Baltimore panhandler, Baltimore police charging documents allege.

Husband accused in Baltimore slaying blamed on panhandler benefited from wife financially, sought to be executor

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.

Stepdaughter accused in Baltimore killing blamed on panhandler boasted, lied on social media

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.

In Jacquelyn Smith's Harford County neighborhood, 'everything appeared picture perfect'

Neighbors in the Holly Woods community near Aberdeen expressed shock that Keith Smith had been charged in his wife's death,

Here's what we know about the killing of Jacquelyn Smith, originally blamed on panhandler in Baltimore

A recap of what we know about the Jacquelyn Smith killing.

Husband, stepdaughter charged in woman's death they blamed on panhandler awaiting extradition from Texas

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.

Decades before Keith Smith allegedly killed his wife and blamed a panhandler, he robbed a Timonium bank three times

Saddled with bills back in 1999, Keith Smith put on a ski mask, grabbed a pellet gun and carried out a series of bank robberies in the suburbs.

Story of Good Samaritan's death in Baltimore was traumatic. Now that police call it false, it's even worse.

No longer a story of martyred charity, Jacquelyn Smith's death was murder scheme, Baltimore Police say

Police say story of panhandler killing wasn't true. What other false beliefs scare people away from Baltimore?

The story of Jacquelyn Smith's killing was believable because people are conditioned to believe the worst about Baltimore.

Staged panhandler killing played on worst stereotypes of Baltimore, unwarranted fear of homeless

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.

Widower, stepdaughter who blamed panhandler for woman's stabbing death in Baltimore arrested in her killing

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.

Priest asks mourners at Jacquelyn Smith's funeral to respond 'with faith ... with forgiveness'

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.

'All we could think was why?' says family of Baltimore stabbing victim, who will be buried Saturday

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.

Let's be careful about stigmatizing the homeless after stabbing death of Harford woman

We have to be careful not to stigmatize the homeless after a woman was stabbed to death by a panhandler in East Baltimore.

Mourners gather to remember Jacquelyn Smith and her last act of kindness — helping a Baltimore panhandler

The Harford County woman, who was fatally stabbed after helping a panhandler, will have a powerful legacy, her friends say

'We have reached rock bottom': Vigil held for woman who was stabbed in East Baltimore while helping panhandler

Baltimoreans condemn the city's violence at a vigil for Jacquelyn Smith, 54, who was fatally stabbed Saturday while giving money to a panhandler.

Baltimore police release no new details nearly a week after death of woman who helped panhandler

Baltimore police continue to ask for information that will lead to an arrest in the death of Jacquelyn Smith, who was stabbed by a man in her car after giving money to a panhandler.

As death of woman who helped panhandler gets national attention, Baltimore homeless see decline in generosity

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.

In Baltimore neighborhood, sadness over death of woman who helped panhandler, resolve to continue improvements

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.

Co-workers of woman who died after helping panhandler in Baltimore remember her as dedicated and genuine

Jacquelyn Smith was an engineer at Aberdeen Proving Ground. She was killed early Saturday after a man stabbed her through her car window.

Services planned for Jacquelyn Smith, woman killed in Baltimore after giving money to panhandler

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.

'This story struck my heart': Oprah tweets about woman killed in Baltimore after offering money to panhandler

The story of a Harford County woman who was killed while trying to offer money to a panhandler in Baltimore has drawn national attention, including from celebrity media mogul Oprah Winfrey.

Killing of woman helping panhandler is another temptation to lose faith in Baltimore. Here's how to keep it instead.

But for those who still believe in a better Baltimore after the stabbing death of Jacquelyn Smith, here are some ideas about donating and volunteering.

Woman killed after giving money to panhandler in Baltimore was engineer who had been out dancing with husband

Police were still searching Monday for a man who stabbed an Aberdeen woman to death  early Saturday morning in Baltimore.

Harford County woman fatally stabbed in Baltimore after rolling down car window to give a woman money

A man joined the woman asking for money and stabbed the woman giving it after trying to grab her wallet.

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