BALTIMORE (WJZ) – On day two of the State of Maryland’s case against Keith Smith, prosecutors found the defendant was a violator of his wedding vows, stabbed his wife five times and then blamed him for his murder. she is a murderer.
The prosecutor, assistant state attorney Shaundria Hanna, called an assistant medical examiner as a witness on Thursday, who showed jurors a graphic image of Jacquelyn Smith’s five stab wounds to the chest.
Two of those injuries were very serious, witnesses said they penetrated the chest cavity and caused significant injuries to the lungs and heart. The injuries were “quickly fatal”, the assistant medical examiner testified, which meant Mrs Smith would be dead within minutes.
During a 911 call played in the courtroom, Mr. Smith could be heard telling a operator, “This guy went out and killed my wife’s man,” he said. “You have to help me, they stabbed my wife’s man.”
Someone could be heard crying loudly in the background during the 911 call. That person could be Valeria Smith, the defendant’s daughter. Valeria Smith pleaded guilty to adultery after the truth became involved in the murder of her stepmother and she will testify against her father, telling the court he was the mastermind.
Prosecutors said Mr Smith had left after his wife was murdered and wiretapping phone calls showed he had tried to book a flight out of the country to the Virgin Islands or Canada, but did not have a passport.
Prosecutors said both Keith Smith and his daughter were arrested 1,700 miles from Maryland near the US-Mexico border.
Mr Smith’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Natalie Finegar said his daughter Valeria played a bigger role than she took on and she was the one who pointed the way for detectives to the crime scene where no found evidence. Prosecutors said the state would prove that Jacquelyn Smith was killed in Druid Hill Park and not near the intersection of North Valley and East Chase Street in East Baltimore.
The defense also wonders why Valeria is testifying against her father now, when she has had so much time to move forward in the past.
Two jurors were replaced with surrogates after one came into contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 and another said they had seen the news about the case.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2021/12/02/jury-is-shown-stab-wounds-in-murder-trial-for-keith-smith-who-blamed-panhandler-for-wifes-death/ The jury displayed the graphic during the murder trial for Keith Smith, who was blamed for his wife’s death handler – CBS Baltimore