Maryland woman allegedly killed by panhandler was actually killed by husband: police
A Maryland woman who was supposedly killed last year by a panhandler asking for help was actually killed by her husband, police revealed on Sunday.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said investigators on Dec. 1, 2018 received a call from Keith Smith, Jacquelyn Smith’s husband, reporting that his wife was stabbed to death after she gave money to a panhandler in East Baltimore.
#BREAKING: POLICE: Husband and daughter have been charged for murder in the death of Jacquelyn Smith, who was murdered while allegedly giving money to a panhandler. https://t.co/dN2wy7C4t8 pic.twitter.com/QNQ35ZZEze
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Harrison said that Keith and Valeria Smith were arrested on Sunday near the U.S.-Mexico border in Harlingen, Texas, and were both charged with first-degree murder.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said the father and daughter “took advantage of a situation — a city that is already dealing with its own problems.” The alleged panhandler crime attracted national attention and prompted many people to regard panhandlers warily.