Donald Smith, 56, is accused of abducting Perrywinkle from a Walmart in Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A pretrial for Donald Smith was held Wednesday at 9 a.m.
Smith's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Fred Gazaleh, announced Smith was waiving his right to a speedy trial.
Defendants can waive their Sixth-Amendment right to a speedy trial, which allows for additional time to prepare. However, it means the trial may last longer.
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The next pretrial for Smith, 56, is scheduled for October 15, 2013.
Smith, a convicted sex offender, has pleaded not guilty to the slaying, kidnapping and sexual battery of 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle.
First Coast News