Rayne Perrywinkle offered testimony in the murder trial of Donald Smith, 61, who is accused of kidnapping, raping and killing her daughter Cherish in Florida back in June 2013. By Associated Press and Snejana Farberov For Dailymail. By Associated Press Snejana Farberov For Dailymail. The mother of eight-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle who was abducted 35 year old woman single a Florida Walmart and later raped and murdered testified through sobs that the man accused of the crime had convinced her he was a generous Good Samaritan.
Rayne Perrywinkle sat facing 61-year-old defendant Donald Smith in a Jacksonville courtroom on Monday and told the court about the day her daughter was abducted in June 2013. Smith is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and rape. If convicted, he faces a possible death sentence. Perrywinkle said Smith had been hovering around her and her three daughters while they shopped at a Dollar General store earlier in the day on June 21, 2013. She was looking for clothes for all three children and could not afford the purchases. Rayne Perrywinkle looks at defendant Donald Smith as she takes the witness stand Monday, Feb.
Smith watched as Rayne tried to work out how to pay for the clothes, Rayne testified, and said when she came outside he was waiting. The mother testified that she was wary, but accepted because Smith assured her his wife would meet them at the Walmart. He looked into my face and told me I was safe,’ Rayne Perrywinkle said. Did you want to believe him?
Very much so,’ Rayne replied. The mother and her daughters piled into Smith’s white van. They went to a nearby Walmart and she began shopping with her girls, placing three small piles of clothing in a shopping cart. It got late, after 10pm, and Smith’s wife never appeared. Rayne said her daughters were getting restless because they had not had dinner. Cherish followed him and was never seen alive again.
Her cellphone didn’t work – a daughter had dunked it in water to try and clean it – so she cried out for help realizing her daughter had been taken. Id”:”5973799178967925490″,”descr”:”Surveillance video shows man leaving Walmart with Cherish Perrywinkle in 2013. He is accused of raping and murdering the child. I was yelling “Call 911! My daughter’s been taken,” and no one would help me right away,’ she said. About 40 minutes after her daughter disappeared, an employee gave her a cellphone and she called 911, prosecutors said. Rayne could be heard telling the emergency dispatcher: ‘He wanted her to buy these really tall shoes that were women’s shoes and I told him no.
I said, “They’re too high for her, I wouldn’t even wear shoes that high. Maybe he was grooming her. I hope to God he doesn’t kill her and I hope to God he doesn’t rape her. Surveillance footage from the store caught the image of Smith and Cherish exiting, the girl skipping out behind him. Cherish’s brutalized body would later be found in a creek. It looked like a grandfather and a granddaughter,’ State Attorney Melissa Nelson told the jury during her opening statement. Every mother’s darkest nightmare became Rayne Perrywinkle’s reality.
She would never see her daughter Cherish alive again. She said Cherish’s brutalized body would later be found in a creek. She’d been raped, smothered and had blunt force trauma to the back of her head. She was wearing an orange dress with a fruit pattern on it. When Smith was arrested, Nelson said he was sopping wet from the waist down.