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Murder charge dropped against stepdaughter in Jacquelyn Smith's stabbing death

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Posted at 6:47 PM, Jun 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 09:10:27-04

BALTIMORE — A murder charge has been dropped against Valeria Smith, who, along with her father Keith Smith, was accused of the stabbing death of her stepmother Jacquelyn Smith.

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According to Valeria Smith's attorney, she is now charged as an accessory after the fact.

"It's been our belief all along that her father [Keith Smith] took advantage of her," said Brandon Mead, Valeria's defense attorney.

Valeria and her father Keith Smith originally told police Jacquelyn Smith was killed by a panhandler in December 2018. Police later arrested the father-daughter duo near the Mexico border and extradited them to Baltimore to face charges.

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Keith Smith is still facing a murder charge for the death of his wife Jacquelyn.

Mead told WMAR-2 they're looking at a possible trial date for Valeria in September.