BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s a shocking twist in the murder of a Good Samaritan back in the December —  the woman’s husband and his daughter were arrested in her killing.

Police said initially that Jacquelyn Smith was killed while giving out money to a panhandler from her car window in Baltimore, but on Sunday officials said her husband Keith Smith and his daughter Valeria were charged in the woman’s death. Police said Smith’s fatal stabbing was staged.

TIMELINE: What We Know About The Jacquelyn Smith Case

In their first court appearance Monday, the Smiths were denied bail. Maryland has 10 days to extradite them from Cameron County.

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Mayor Catherine Pugh released a statement Sunday saying the city and BPD have learned Jacquelyn Smith was killed by family members, in a “staged brutal killing.”

Keith Smith mugshot

“Like everyone in our city, state and across this nation, we mourned the senseless killing of Jacquelyn Smith. To now learn that family members staged this brutal killing is beyond belief and represents a double tragedy. They were responsible for taking Jacquelyn’s life with unconscionable cruelty and contrived to do so in our city under the guise of random violence, exploiting the legitimate fears of our residents. I commend our homicide detectives for their expert and tireless work in bringing those truly responsible to justice in this very troubling and sad case,” Pugh said.

Jacquelyn’s husband Keith and Valeria, his daughter, were arrested by Texas police in Combes, just north of Harlingen, near the U.S.-Mexican border while trying to leave the country, acting Baltimore police commissioner Michael Harrison said.

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper saw Keith Smith and his daughter in a Toyota Camry.

Warrants charging them with first-degree murder were issued Sunday, Harrison said.

Jacquelyn Smith, 54, an engineer at Aberdeen Proving Ground, was stabbed to death at North Valley and East Chase streets about 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 1, police said.

After the news broke that Smith was murdered, it was her husband who gave a tearful plea on camera.

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“The last thing I thought they were going to take my wife’s life, and so now I got to live with that, I got to live with that every day,” he said at the time.

Valeria Smith mug shot

But after three months of investigating, Baltimore City Police said it is the husband and his daughter who were responsible all along.

“We pursued justice from the very beginning and these detectives were very tenacious, were very thorough and very dedicated and they followed the evidence,” said Harrison.

Smith’s husband claimed she was stabbed while she was helping a panhandler.

“Snatched her necklace, and before I knew it, the girl snatched the little pocketbook from the seat and they both ran,” Keith said back in December. “I jumped out the car to run, but I heard my wife screaming, so I came back to the car.”

Police had previously said they believe she was giving cash to a woman asking for money to feed her baby, when a man approached the car window, pulled out a knife, stabbed her in the chest, and robbed her.

Smith’s friends told WJZ’s Devin Bartolotta the day after her murder they didn’t believe the story, and thought her husband had killed her.

Harrison said in this case, people took advantage of Baltimore’s reputation.

“The information and the evidence points to it was not a panhandler, and people should still take caution and use due diligence when doing anything like that anywhere they are in America, but it points to the fact that it was not a panhandler and that the circumstances were very different and people took advantage of Baltimore, and what we want to make sure is that the truth comes out and justice is served,” he said.

A photo of Keith Smith with his wife Jacquelyn.

There is no word on when the two suspects will be extradited.

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said she was disappointed that the two suspects had tried to take advantage of the city.

“I’m disappointed that the two alleged suspects attempted to take advantage of negative perceptions of our city. I’m grateful for the collaborative efforts of my prosecutors and the Baltimore Police Department in getting to the bottom of a contrived and disturbing tragedy. We look forward to fighting for justice on behalf of Jacquelyn Smith and her family in a court of law,” Mosby said.

This story is developing. Stay with WJZ for the latest.

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Ava-joye Burnett

Comments (43)
  1. Tom Mccoy says:

    That’s weird.

    1. Michael Mainello says:

      This is what happens when lady justice is not blind.

      Democrats and the media pander instead of treating people equally.

      Baltimore, once a beautiful city, is now crime ridden and dangerous.

  2. Denise O'Connor Sipes says:

    The step daughter was so messed up the day they interviewed them. She was nodding and digging at her face…. Stevie Wonder could have seen she had a drug problem.

  3. Mosby FYI not a perception but a fact and you are not helping the problems by NOT prosecuting our laws that are on the books. Here is ANOTHER FACT this city is one of the TOP two most dangerous city’s in America! Stop trying to sugar coat the facts with dead bodies piling up at an unprecedented rate, AND not to mention EVERY HOODRAT armed with a gun that puts crime stats for Baltimore city on top for murders and violent crimes! You and the MAYOR can stop trying to sugar coat it! BUT WE as the citizens know the real deplorable state this city is in at the hands and under the control of the DEMOCRATIC LIBERALS for years, they have all but destroyed this once great city! THERE IS THE REAL REALITY! Since the LIBERALS have been in charge we know were to place the blame! Maybe if you concentrated on fighting crime, upgrading our deplorable roads in EVERY PART of this city and the failing infrastructure by not giving SANCTUARY to ILLEGAL:ALIENS for your political gain and votes this city might recover and start to heal! AGAIN! This city’s demise did not happen over night but happened only by the ones in charge for YEARS the DEMOCRATIC LIBERALS, FACT!!

    1. Laura Emersone says:

      USA, once a beautiful country, is now the laughingstock of the world thanks to con man Trump and his ignorant, deplorable supporters!

      1. Tickedoff Person says:

        Don’t have any idea what your response had anything to do with this article. But since we’re going off the wall. God gave us man and woman. Democrats gave us transgenders.

  4. harryschell says:

    Mosby is “disappointed” that the suspects tried to take advantage of “negative perceptions of Baltimore. Like murder is a political issue exposing her incompetence as a lawyer and representative of the state. This idiot is part of Baltimore’s problem, not the solution.

    I was hoping Mosby, for her prior malfeasance as a prosecutor, had been consigned to the dustbin of history. Sigh. Still there, doing her fake job.

    Adios, Baltimore. You elect such fakes as Mosby and wonder why your city is declining. Smaht.

  5. First let me start off by commending the hard working dedicated men and women of the BPD and the dedication to combating the monumental job of fighting crime in this city considering who we have for a mayor AND city states attorney and other leaders like the school board wanting to DISARM our SWORN school police officers leaving them with EMPTY HOLSTERS to confront ARMED FELONS! As we all know to well from the past the mayor prefers her police commissioner’s to be her YES MEN! I’m surely hoping given the background of the new acting police commissioner that he will stand up to her and do his job his way and not be pressured by her to do it her way and to turn this city around and not just be her overpaid PR person! You can tell by her body language in this most recent interview who is running the show…SMH…

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