Keith Smith found guilty of wife's murder after blaming peddling panhandler

A Maryland man suspected of killing his wife three years ago and blaming her murder on a panhandler was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder.

Jurors found Keith Tyrone Smith guilty of first-degree murder and deadly weapon with intent to injure in the 2018 stabbing death of his wife, Jacquelyn Smith, following a week-long trial.

Smith, 55, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison plus three years at sentencing on Feb. 28.

Speaking to reporters Thursday outside the Mitchell Courthouse, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said she was proud of the jury’s verdict and the work of law enforcement.

Mosby had strong words for Smith, calling his plot to murder his wife and then blame the crime on a panhandler a “cowardly act” that damaged Baltimore’s reputation.

Jacquelyn Smith, an engineer for Aberdeen Proving Ground, was fatally stabbed Dec. 1, 2018. Her husband called 911 that night, saying his wife had been stabbed by a panhandler in East Baltimore.