Man charged with murder in stabbing death of 9-month pregnant girlfriend, authorities reviewing to see whether charges will be filed for death of baby

 

By Dave Andrusko

 Kenneth Walter Worrell III of Baltimore is charged with murdering Summer Shemida Smith, 33, who was nine months pregnant. (Handout photo courtesy Baltimore County Police Department / September 2, 2014)

Kenneth Walter Worrell III of Baltimore is charged with murdering Summer Shemida Smith, 33, who was nine months pregnant. (Handout photo courtesy Baltimore County Police Department / September 2, 2014)

Kenneth Walter Worrell III of Baltimore has been charged with first-degree murder in the June 20 stabbing death of his girlfriend, Summer Shemida Smith, who was nine months pregnant. The “Baltimore County state’s attorney’s office is reviewing the case to see whether additional charges can be filed in the death of the unborn child,” the Baltimore Sun’s Jessica Anderson and Liz Bowie reported on Tuesday.

The baby girl was due less than a week from when her mother was murdered. Prosecutors said Worrell was unhappy that Ms. Smith “was having the child.” Worrell, who denied involvement, is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Ms. Smith was found by her mother, unconscious and suffering from multiple stab wounds, in the basement of the home they shared. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.

While Worrell denied involvement, prosecutors cited an abundance of physical evidence, according to the Sun.

“Detectives took a swab of Worrell’s saliva for his DNA and searched his vehicles,” According to Anderson and Bowie. “In Worrell’s Volkswagen Jetta, police said, they found a bank receipt with two small blood stains. They later determined they matched Smith’s blood, they said.”

In a story that appeared immediately after the double killings, the Sun’s Nayana Davis and Jessica Anderson wrote that neighbors described Smith and her mother as friendly and noted most of the neighbors were older and without children.

“Smith’s neighbor, Chitra Shrestha Jitendra Karki, said she would often speak to the mother and daughter when they were in their yard and she was in her garden. Smith and her mother lived together at the home for several years, she said. They had planted a tree in the backyard for the new baby.

“’She was so happy,’ she said of Smith’s mother, who was excited to have a grandchild. ‘This is a quiet area. What happened is terrible. I’m so sad. We were excited for a new baby in the community.’”