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Flood of documents in Cherish Perrywinkle case offers graphic look at the state's evidence

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Photo Gallery: Evidence photos from Cherish Perrywinkle murder investigation
Donald Smith, 56, is accused of abducting Perrywinkle from a Walmart in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The photographs are stark; the written words graphic beyond measure.

Monday's flood of documents released in the Cherish Perrywinkle murder case included both evidence photos and autopsy results. It also included DNA evidence that investigators say ties the accused, Donald Smith, to the case with a probability of 1 in 35 quintillion.

PDF: Documents from Smith's 2009 arrest

Smith has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and kidnapping in the case. He is currently housed at the Duval County Pre-Trial Detention Facility.

Several supplemental reports from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office also give a fuller picture of Smith's state at the time of his arrest.

According to JSO, Smith was soaking wet when his van was discovered hours after Cherish Periwinkle's disappearance. Smith allegedly told police he was damp because he'd been smoking crack cocaine with prostitutes all night, and that the drug made him sweat.

He initially denied knowledge of the girl's disappearance. When informed surveillance video showed him leaving the Lem Turner Walmart with her, he allegedly acknowledged she'd been in his car, but said she'd jumped out at a stop light.

Prosecutors also released first-time recordings Smith and his mother, Patricia Smith, speaking to law enforcement in an unrelated 2009 case.

Smith's mother, Patricia Moore, can be heard telling investigators in that case, "I don't know if you've gone back into his record, but .... he has never touched a child. He's never around children. Children are not, like, his thing."
The state release of documents is required by law, to allow the defense to prepare for trial. We are continuing to comb through the data and will have more information on First Coast News at 11.

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