BALTIMORE (WJZ) – A Maryland man convicted of murdering his wife three years ago and pinning her murder to a hunter will learn his fate on Monday.
Keith Tyrone Smith, 55, will appear in court at 9:30 a.m. for sentencing hearing in the murder of his wife, Jacquelyn Smith, who was stabbed to death in 2018.
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He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison plus three years.
Smith was convicted in December of first-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon with intent to injure after a weeklong trial saw his daughter testify against him. ta.
Jacquelyn Smith, an engineer with Aberdeen Proving Ground, was stabbed to death on December 1, 2018. Her husband called 911 that night, saying that a henchman had stabbed his wife.
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.
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Valeria Smith pleaded guilty in September 2019 to the fact of first degree murder.
Testifying against her father, Valeria Smith recalled how the family celebrated a belated birthday that night when her father made a detour to Druid Hill Park.
At some point, she said, he slowed down and crashed into his wife. She said her father remained calm afterward, but his attitude changed when he called 911.
She testified in court that once her father left a murder weapon, a knife, in the woods, he told her to lie to the police and said that a knifeman had stabbed 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.
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An FBI agent also testified, saying Google and cell phone data placed both Smith and his daughter in Druid Hill Park at the time of the killings.
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