BALTIMORE (WJZ) – A Maryland man suspected of killing his wife three years ago and pinning her murder to a knife handle was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder.
Jurys found Keith Tyrone Smith guilty of first-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon with intent to injure in the 2018 stabbing death of his wife, Jacquelyn Smith, following a trial that lasted an hour and a half. week.
Smith, 55, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison plus three years after sentencing on February 28.
Speaking to reporters Thursday outside Mitchell Court, Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby said she is proud of the jury’s verdict and the work of law enforcement.
“We are here because we fought for justice on behalf of Jacqueline Smith, and we achieved that through the hard work of the Baltimore Police Department and their detectives,” Mosby said.
The city’s top prosecutor had strong words for Smith, calling his plot to kill his wife and then blaming a petty henchman a “cowardly act” that damaged his reputation. the language of Baltimore.
“He brought this negative light to the city of Baltimore and blamed this elaborate cover-up on a drug dealer in Baltimore because we had a reputation for violence,” she said.
Mosby was joined by the victim’s family, who did not wish to speak to reporters on Thursday.
“It’s still really rough for the family,” Mosby said.
Jacquelyn Smith, a 59-year-old engineer with Aberdeen Proving Ground, was stabbed to death on December 1, 2018. Her husband called 911 that night, saying his wife had been stabbed by a bricklayer in East Baltimore.
Keith Smith and his daughter run away from town after his wife is murdered. They were arrested three months later near the US-Mexico border, about 1,700 miles from Maryland.
Valeria Smith pleaded guilty in September 2019 to the fact of first degree murder.
She testified against her father, recounting in vivid detail the events of the night her stepmother was murdered. She said they had a belated birthday celebration when her father made a detour to Druid Hill Park. At one point, she said, he slowed down and crashed into his wife.
She testified that her father remained calm afterward, but his attitude changed when he called 911. She told the court that once her father dropped the murder weapon, a knife, in the woods, he told her to lie to the police and said that a knifeman stabbed her. his wife.
She said a day or two after the murder, her father went to his wife’s place of work to get paperwork for her life insurance policy. He is the beneficiary.
In addition to Smith’s daughter, jurors heard from a detective who found the 55-year-old’s story uninteresting. He told the court he believed Smith had killed his wife so much that he called the insurance company and asked them to stop paying the policy.
An FBI special agent also stood his ground, saying Google and cell phone data placed both Smith and his daughter in Druid Hill Park at the time of the murder, not in East Baltimore as Smith said.
Valeria Smith will be in court on December 13 for a hearing.
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