Cherish Perrywinkle

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Trial Delayed For Man Accused Of Killing Cherish Perrywinkle

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A judge postponed the trial of Donald Smith, the man charged with raping and murdering 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle, at a pretrial hearing Wednesday. Our news partner News4Jax has the full report.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The man facing charges of kidnapping, raping and killing 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle appeared at a pretrial hearing Wednesday morning. For the first time, the victim's mother was in court to face the accused. Prosecutors say Donald Smith abducted the girl after telling her mother they were going to get something to eat at the McDonald's inside a Northside Walmart store.
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