Valeria Smith Set to Testify Against Keith Smith
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Woman Set to Testify She Helped Father Cover Up Him Murdering Her Stepmother and Blaming It on Panhandlers

 
Valeria Smith and Keith Smith in an emotional 2019 interview, telling WMAR that a panhandler stabbed Jacquelyn Smith. In truth, prosecutors said, it was Keith, and Valeria helped cover it up.

Valeria Smith and Keith Smith in an emotional December 2018 interview, telling WMAR that a panhandler stabbed Jacquelyn Smith. In truth, prosecutors said, it was Keith. Valeria helped cover it up, authorities said.

A Maryland woman is set to testify this week that she helped her father cover up him killing her stepmother on Dec. 1, 2018, and blaming it on panhandlers. Valeria Smith, 31, pleaded guilty in 2019 to being an accessory after the fact to Keith Smith, 55, murdering Jacquelyn Smith, 54.

“I was strung out on drugs and scared for my life,” Valeria Smith previously wrote the judge, with her attorney saying she lived with bipolar disorder, according to The Baltimore Sun. “My father made me leave the state.”

Father and daughter had been arrested just 20 minutes from the border with Mexico. Valeria Smith faces 10 years in prison and sentencing is set for Dec. 13, after her father’s trial.

According to authorities, Keith Smith said he was driving home in Baltimore with his wife and daughter after celebrating Valeria’s birthday. In this version of events, Jacquelyn gave $10 through the vehicle window to panhandlers, but they grabbed her necklace, stole her purse, and stabbed her multiple times. Smith described the suspects as a man in a blue hoodie (the actual stabber), and a woman in a brown coat and carrying a baby.

Assistant State’s Attorney Shaundria Hanna said in opening statements on Thursday that Keith Smith repeatedly told this story, but details changed and inconsistencies emerged over time.

Sgt. Daniel Santos testified that they were not able to find the crime scene of the purported robbery despite returning to the intersection where it supposedly happened, did not find any evidence it occurred, and did not find the panhandlers.

Valeria Smith had said that she helped her father try to cover up the murder by discarding Jacquelyn Smith’s purse at a bus stop.

[Screenshot via WMAR]

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