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BPD detectives head to Texas to pick up husband, step-daughter accused of Jacquelyn Smith murder

Detectives bringing Smith's back to Maryland
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Posted at 5:24 PM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-06 16:04:38-05

BALTIMORE, Md. — Baltimore detectives were en route on Tuesday to Texas to pick up Keith and Valeria Smith after police charged the two with the murder of Jacquelyn Smith, a Baltimore Police Chief Spokesperson told WMAR-2 News.

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Texas State police arrested the father-daughter duo near the U.S. and Mexico border when Baltimore investigators developed evidence they were planning to leave the country.

During a news conference, police say the two fabricated the story of how Jacquelyn Smith was stabbed by a panhandler in December 2018.

According to Cameron County Texas Sheriff Omar Lucio, he was unaware that Baltimore Police was en route to Texas because the department requested and was granted an extension that would have allowed them time to transport their suspects in the coming weeks.

Acting-Police Commissioner Michael Harrison says detectives will reveal during their trial what made police key in on the pair.

Keith and Valeria Smith have been held in Texas without bail as they await extradition back to Maryland.