TRIAL DATE SET FOR MAN ACCUSED OF JACKSONVILLE GIRL’S MURDER
Donald Smith, a 57 year old convicted sex offender, has been charged with first-degreemurder, kidnapping and sexual battery in the raping and killing of 8 year old Cherish Perrywinkleof Jacksonville. The trial is set to being the week of May 12. Cherish was lured awayfrom her mother in June with promises of buying her clothes with a gift card at Walmart. Shewas found the next morning dumped in a wooded area near a church. Smith had a lengthy rapsheet of convictions for sex crimes against children and had gotten out of prison less than a monthbefore Cherish was kills. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.