Remembering Cherish

Cherish Perrywinkle, 8, disappeared from a Walmart store in June 2013. Police found her body the next day. A registered sex offender is accused in her abduction and murder.

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Trial of man accused of killing Cherish Perrywinkle moved to next January

The trial for the man accused of killing Cherish Perrywinkle has been moved. Defense attorneys asked for the trial of Donald Smith to be moved from October due to issues with the trial being a death penalty case. A judge set a tentative date of Jan. 20, 2015. Police say ...

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Man accused of killing Cherish Perrywinkle due in court Wednesday

The man accused of kidnapping, sexually abusing and killing 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle will be in court Wednesday. Donald Smith has a pretrial hearing at 9 a.m. at the Duval County Courthouse. Smith, a sex offender, could face death row for the murder charges.  RELATED: Saving Donald Smith from death row

One year after police say her daughter Cherish was abducted and killed, Rayne Perrywinkle talked to Action News about her fight to get her two younger daughters back in her custody.

Custody hearing postponed again for Rayne Perrywinkle's children

A custody hearing Monday over the siblings of Cherish Perrywinkle has been postponed to a later date. Rayne Perrywinkle is fighting to keep custody of her two youngest children. The state removed the children, 5-year-old Neveah and 4-year-old Destiny, following the death of her 8-year-old daughter, Cherish Perrywinkle. Donald Smith, ...

Judge issues gag order in custody fight over Cherish Perrywinkle's siblings

A judge issued a gag order Wednesday morning at a custody hearing for the children of Rayne Perrywinkle. Perrywinkle is the mother of Cherish Perryinkle, the 8-year-old girl kidnapped and killed in 2013.  Donald Smith, a registered sex offender, is facing murder charges in her death. Rayne Perrywinke spoke to ...

Lieutenant breaks silence over Perrywinkle case

Cherish Perrywinkle, 8, disappeared from a Northside Walmart in June 2013.  She was kidnapped, police say, by registered sex offender, Donald Smith.  Within nine hours, Cherish would be dead , Smith would be in custody and the police officer in charge of the investigation would be under fire.   “"It's definitely ...

One year after her death, Cherish Perrywinkle's father speaks to Action News

Billy Jarreau woke up early the morning of June 22, 2013, because his 8-year-old daughter, Cherish Perrywinkle, was flying in to see him for the summer later that morning. “It was about 4:30 a.m. and I went to check my voice mail, and there was a message from the sheriff’s ...

Trial for Cherish Perrywinkle's accused killer delayed until October

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The trial for Cherish Perrywinkle's accused killer is delayed until October. The trial for Donald Smith, a registered sex offender, is delayed until October. Smith was in court Wednesday morning.  Smith is accused of abducting and killing 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle last June. Police said Smith kidnapped Perrywinkle ...

New documents track Donald Smith’s criminal past to his teens

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Action News has obtained new documents in the Donald Smith case.  There are 73 new pages, showing arrest after arrest. Donald Smith, a convicted sex offender, spent much of his adult life in trouble with the law.  According to the new documents just obtained by Action News, Smith's ...

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Officers honored for work in Perrywinkle case

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office honored three of its own on Thursday for their work in the kidnapping and murder investigation of Cherish Perrywinkle. Officer Elaina Gonzales, officer Tina Henson and officer Charlie Wilkie were recognized for their investigative work at today's January 2014 Meritorious Awards Ceremony. A ...

Saving Donald Smith from death row

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Cherish Perrywinkle's short life came to a violent end last summer.  Prosecutors say the 8-year-old was kidnapped from a Northside Walmart, sexually abused and killed by Donald Smith, 57, a registered sex offender.  The crime could cost him his life. Smith sat in the courtroom shackled Thursday ...

New documents describe murder suspect's apparent state of mind

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- New documents about the death of Cherish Perrywinkle were released Friday. Police say Donald Smith abducted and killed Cherish in June. The new documents from the State Attorney's Office say Smith's apparent state of mind in the days and hours before Cherish's death. The documents say Smith ...

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Nassau lawmaker leading effort to toughen Jimmy Ryce Act

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. -- Nassau County Rep. Janet Adkins is spearheading an effort to toughen the Jimmy Ryce Act. Jimmy Ryce should have been 28-years-old today, maybe even having a family of his own -- but he never got the chance.   On Feb. 12, Jimmy's father, Don Ryce, will finally ...

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Custody hearing will decide future of Cherish Perrywinkle's sisters

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- They are two of the last people to see the cherubic face of Cherish Perrywinkle. Her two younger half sisters, 6-year-old Destiny and 4-year-old Nevaeh watched Cherish disappear with a convicted sex offender. "For what they've been through, they're doing well," said the girls' attorney, Patricia Parker. They ...

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Action News Investigates Repeat Offenders

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Action News investigates why sex offender laws have not changed after the death of Cherish Perrywinkle. The abduction, rape and murder of 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle sparked outrage from her mother and the community. Rayne Perrywinkle's nightmare might have been avoided if lawmakers had acted seven years earlier. "It ...

New evidence links Donald Smith to Cherish Perrywinkle at Walmart

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Hundreds of pages of explicit documents and more than 700 gut-wrenching photos tell the story of the last moments of Cherish Perrywinkle's life, behind a church in the back of a murky old van. From scratches on suspect Donald Smith's arms, to Smith's fingerprints on rope and other ...

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Perrywinkle: 'I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office admits it made mistakes during the Cherish Perrywinkle investigation. Police said 8-year-old Cherish was kidnapped from a Northside Walmart and killed by a registered sex offender. A JSO internal investigation shows the mistakes started as soon as Cherish's mother, Rayne Perrywinkle, called 911 ...

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