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8-Year Old Cherish Perrywinkle Suffered Horribly At The Hands Of Her Rapist And Murderer, Graphic Details Leave Courtroom Shook

(Jacksonville, FL) – The rape, kidnapping and murder trial of  now 66-Year old Donald Smith continued Tuesday. And what the courtroom heard shook pretty much everyone present, some to the point of tears.

The graphic details of the rape and murder of Cherish Perrywinkle are unimaginable and what her accuser did following her death is just as awful. The medical examiner testified that Cherish had been raped to a point that her genitals were distorted.  Semen, reportedly was found in her vagina, anus and mouth.

Jacksonville.com reports, bruising, excessive tearing of tissue and broken blood vessels from hemorrhaging — were shown in photographs and explained in length to the jury Tuesday. Valerie Rao, the chief medical examiner for the 4th Judicial Circuit explained her findings from Cherish’s autopsy.308x174_JPG-SINGLE_3837231176779153305

“Bruising right here, right here, right here, a scratch here and a small bruise here,” she said pointing out just the left leg of Cherish.

Still left to show and describe to the jury were the bruises from excessive sucking on Cherish’s chest; the bruises on her buttocks; on her arms; her other leg; the ligature marks on her neck from the strangulation.

“There was tremendous force on her neck such that she could not breathe. She suffered swelling of the brain,” Rao said.

She explained how the vessels in the eyes are delicate and what happens to them when a person is being suffocated. On Monday, State Attorney Melissa Nelson said, “He gagged her, raped her, he sodomized her, then he strangled her. He gagged her with such force, her gums and nostrils bled. He strangled her with such force her eyeballs bled,” Nelson said. “Cherish did not die quickly, and she did not die easily. In fact, hers was a brutal and tortured death.”

 

As testimony continued, it was revealed that Smith’s jail conversations were recorded while the sex offender was awaiting trial.

Smith was asked about Cherish, “if she had some butt on her.”“She had a lot for a white girl,” Smith was recorded saying.

The audio as well as a recording of Smith saying that 12- to 13-year-old girls were his target and that he wouldn’t mind running into a particular girl at Walmart were the last pieces of the state’s evidence presented to the jurors before the state rested its case Tuesday afternoon. After a short recess, the defense rested its case too without calling any witnesses.

“I don’t want to testify,” Smith, 61, told Judge Mallory Cooper.

 

Trial Begins For Sex Offender Accused Of Kidnapping, Raping And Murdering 8-Year Old Cherish Perrywinkle

(Jacksonville, FL) – It’s every parent’s nightmare and became a reality for Rayne Perrywinkle in June of 2013.  She was shopping with her three daughters in a Family Dollar store unaware that they were being watched by a registered sex offender who had previously done time for lewd and lascivious conduct and even posed as a child welfare worker in 2009 where he asked a child sexually explicit questions on the telephone and was arrested on felony charges, which were later reduced to misdemeanors. AR-801245444That man, Donald Smith, now 61, had Rayne and her children in his sights and a plan in motion after he noticed that she was struggling to pay for items she wanted to purchase for her children.

Perrywinkle testified that Smith, who is charged with first degree murder, kidnapping and rape was waiting outside of the bargain store where he offered to take them to a nearby Walmart and make purchases with a gift card.

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