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Trial date set for man accused of girl's murder

December 3, 2013
Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The trial for a man accused of raping and killing an 8-year-old Jacksonville girl is set to begin the week of May 12.

A trial date was set for 57-year-old Donald Smith at a hearing Tuesday. The convicted sex offender has been charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual battery.

The Florida Times-Union ( ) reports that Cherish Perrywinkle was lured away from her mother in June with promises of buying her clothes with a gift card at Walmart. She was found the next morning dumped in a wooded area near a church.

Smith had a lengthy rap sheet of convictions for sex crimes against children and had gotten out of prison less than a month before Perrywinkle was killed.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.


Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union,



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