UPDATED 2019/03/04 2:00PM
Three months after 52-year-old Jacquelyn Smith was stabbed in what was thought to be an incident with a panhandler gone wrong, Baltimore police have arrested her husband and her stepdaughter in connection with the crime.
Initially it was reported that Smith was stabbed while driving with her family through the city. She was stabbed, reports stated, by a man after stopping for a panhandler who carried a child and a sign asking for money.. Smith’s husband, Keith, called 911 to report the stabbing and rushed his wife to the hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.
On Sunday, March 3rd, 2019, police revealed that the story about the panhandler was concocted to cover up a premeditated murder. Keith Smith, 52, and his daughter Valeria Smith, 28, were arrested near the Mexican border in Harlingen, Texas and charged with first-degree murder.
Police say that Keith Smith had attempted to leave Maryland during the investigation, which tipped them off to him potentially being a person of interest, but did not say more about the open investigation. Officials say that the father and daughter played on stereotypes about crime-riddled Baltimore to generate outrage and exploit the fears of Baltimore residents.