A Maryland woman whom authorities initially thought was killed by a Baltimore panhandler was actually killed by her husband and daughter, police said Sunday.
Police Commissioner Michael Harrison told reporters at a Sunday press conference that Jacquelyn Smith, 54, was not killed by a panhandler but by her husband, Keith Smith, 52, and her daughter, Valeria Smith, 28, the Associated Press reported.
Harrison added that authorities arrested Keith and Valeria near the U.S.-Mexico border in Harlingen, Texas, on Sunday morning as the two were preparing to flee the U.S.
Keith initially told the authorities his wife was stabbed and robbed by a panhandler on December 1 after attempting to give him money at a stop light.
“She was trying to help someone out,” Keith Smith told ABC News days after he claimed that a panhandler stabbed his wife in front of him and his daughter.
Harrison did not list a possible motive but announced that both Keith and Valeria would be charged with first-degree murder.
“We’re looking forward to this cruel act being brought to justice,” Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh said.