Police: Husband and daughter, not panhandler, killed woman in Baltimore

KNXV | 3/3/2019 | By: Associated Press
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BALTIMORE — A Maryland woman whose death last year was blamed on an attack by a panhandler was actually killed by her husband and his adult daughter, police said Sunday.

Keith Smith, 52, had told police that his wife, Jacquelyn, an engineer from Harford County, was trying to give money to a panhandler at a traffic light when she was robbed and fatally stabbed.

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Her death attracted national attention and prompted many to regard panhandlers warily. Even Oprah Winfrey, whose early career included several years covering Baltimore news, commented that she would "think twice" about giving to panhandlers after reading about Jacquelyn's death.

But at a news conference Sunday, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the panhandler story is not true. He announced first-degree murder charges against Keith Smith and his daughter, Valeria Smith, 28.

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Both were arrested in Harlingen, Texas, near the Mexico border. Harrison said the two were preparing to leave the country.

Harrison did not explain at the brief news conference what specific roles police...
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