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Documents: Donald Smith, accused killer of Cherish Perrywinkle may be in favor of death penalty

6:24 PM, Dec 6, 2013   |    comments
  • Donald Smith, 56, is accused of abducting Perrywinkle from a Walmart in Jacksonville
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The man accused of abducting, raping and killing 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle may be in favor of receiving the death penalty if convicted.

Police reports obtained by our news partners at the Florida-Times Union claim Donald Smith told his mother during a recorded meeting that he couldn't go to prison because he would be raped and murdered there.

He allegedly said that if put on death row, his death would be "simple, happy and peaceful".

The state has said they will pursue the death penalty.

Smith is accused of kidnapping Perrywinkle from a Walmart on Lem Turner Road in June.

Her body was later found dumped in some woods off Broward Road.

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