Donald Smith eyes girl touring jail: 'That's what I go after'

In recorded chat, Smith told fellow inmate 12-year-olds are his 'target area'

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Donald Smith (Pool photo via Destiny Johnson/FCN)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Graphic doesn't begin to describe some of the evidence and testimony presented in the trial of Donald Smith, who’s charged in the 2013 kidnapping, rape and murder of 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle.

Tuesday’s proceedings proved no different as jurors heard alarming recorded conversations between Smith, 61, and a fellow inmate in a neighboring isolation cell in June 2015, two years after his arrest.

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The recording centered on a conversation that picked up as Smith, who gazed at the table in front of him in court and swiveled in his chair, commented on young girls touring the Duval County jail:

SMITH: “You know how old they are? About 12."

INMATE: “You said they were 12?”

SMITH: “Yeah. That’s right up my alley right there."

INMATE: "Huh?"


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