For Immediate Release 10/21/15
Gabrielle Smith was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder for the stabbing death of Latreisha Gowdy.
This is the second trial for Smith—the first resulted in a hung jury. Assistant State’s Attorney Kurt Bjorklund prosecuted the case.
On October 20th, 2013, at 7:53 p.m. Baltimore Police responded to the 4400 block of Fairview Avenue in the West Forest Park community for a report of a cutting. Once on scene, police found Gowdy suffering from several stab wounds to her forearm and abdomen. The victim was taken to Sinai Hospital where she died.
According to investigators, Gowdy arrived at an apartment complex to pick up her three-year old son from his father. Upon her arrival, she observed Smith sitting on the steps with the father. An argument ensued about why Smith was at the apartment.
Smith pulled out a knife and the two women engaged in a physical altercation until they were separated by the father.
The man then went into his home to get his son ready to leave with Gowdy— hoping to diffuse the altercation between the two women, but Gowdy and Smith remained outside the home, where they continued to argue. Other individuals were able to keep the women separated.
When the father returned outside the two women were fighting again. The altercation ended when Smith stabbed Gowdy causing her to collapse in the middle of the parking lot. Witnesses testified to hearing Smith yelling, “I’m going to jail tonight!” seconds before their altercation.
An autopsy was performed on Gowdy’s body. Examiners found evidence of one stab wound and four cutting wounds and believed that the fatal injury was the stab wound to Gowdy’s left abdomen.
"People must learn conflict resolution skills. Arguments should be settled with words, not guns or knives. A three-year old boy lost his mother because of this senseless incident. Violence is never the answer," State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.