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Donald Smith pleads not guilty in Cherish's death

3:23 PM, Jul 16, 2013   |    comments
Donald Smith, 56, is accused of abducting Perrywinkle from a Walmart in Jacksonville
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sex offender Donald Smith has pleaded not guilty to the slaying of 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle.

Smith appeared before Circuit Judge Mallory Cooper Tuesday morning with his public defender and pleaded not guilty to the slaying, kidnapping and sexual battery of Cherish.

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Smith is accused of kidnapping Cherish from a North Jacksonville Walmart before dumping her body near a church hours later.

His pretrial hearing is scheduled for September 14.

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