JACKSONVILLE, Fla - Donald James Smith entered a not guilty plea on Tuesday morning to charges relating to the kidnapping, sexual battery and murder of 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle.
Smith is accused of kidnapping the 8-year-old from a Northside Wamart, then dumping her body near a church off of Broward Road.
The State Attorney's Office has announced that it will pursue the death penalty against the 56-yr-old Smith, who was already a registered sex offender in Florida and had been released from jail only a month month before Cherish was kidnapped and killed.
Smith is being held in jail without bond. His next pretrial hearing is set for Sept. 4. A tentative trial date was set for Dec. 14.
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