A medical examiner who performed an autopsy on an 8-year-old who was raped and murdered in the USA broke down in court as she was testifying.
Four and a half years ago, Cherish Perrywinkle was taken from a Walmart before being raped, strangled and dumped behind a church in Jacksonville.
Cherish's mother Rayne Perrywinkle tearfully took the stand, and said she believed Smith was a good Samaritan who was just trying to help them out.
The girl's mother, Rayne Perrywinkle, called 911 after her daughter disappeared.
"Cherish did not die quickly, and she did not die easily", Nelson told the court.
He is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and rape. He later hit her in the back of the head and then choked her death, causing bleeding in her eyes and damage to her mouth, nose, gum line, and chin.
The wife never showed, and Smith instead lured Cherish away from her mother and two sisters as they shopped.
At the Walmart, Smith walked around shopping with the family, and Perrywinkle said she grew more and more nervous as his wife continued not to show up.
"He made her feel safe through his lies and deception", Caliel said about Smith. They obtained surveillance footage from Walmart and watched Smith exiting the store with the child following closely behind.
During her 45 minutes of testimony, Rao left jurors in tears as she described the bruises and cuts Cherish endured during her final moments. "I should've told him no".
Smith sat stonefaced and occasionally took notes as he listened to Perrywinkle's testimony, and when prosecutors were done, Smith told Judge Mallory Cooper under oath that he did not want his lawyer to cross-examine Perrywinkle. "I hope to God he doesn't kill her and I hope to God he doesn't rape her". Cherish Perrywinkle's body was found that same day in a creek. "She suffered swelling of her brain as a result of lack of oxygen to her brain, and as a result of which, she died", Rao said.
"I shouted out and said, 'Oh my God, she's in the water, '" Wilkie testified.
Also on Tuesday, State Attorney Melissa Nelson played for the jury secret recordings that were done in jail, and on which she said Smith could be heard bragging about his crime.
Smith had been released from prison only three weeks before he was arrested in Cherish's death. He has been on Florida's registry of sexual offenders since it was created in 2007.
Donald Smith, the man who tortured, raped, and murderer Cherish Perrywinkle might face a death sentence.
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