Woman to jury: I’d ‘never forget’ attempted kidnapper’s face

February 20, 2018

Donald Smith presents his handcuffs to be unlocked by a bailiff so he can sign paperwork early in Tuesday's court proceedings Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in the courtroom of Judge Mallory Cooper in Jacksonville, Fla. After being found guilty in the kidnapping, rape and murder of 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle, the trial of Smith continued into the death penalty phase Tuesday. (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jurors returned to a Florida courtroom to begin the sentencing phase in the trial of a man accused of abducting, raping and murdering an 8-year-old girl.

On Tuesday morning, a woman told jurors Donald Smith tried to kidnap her as she walked to her friend’s house one Sunday morning in 1992. He was later tried and convicted of attempted kidnapping. The jury took less than 15 minutes last Wednesday to convict 62-year-old Smith of the 2013 death of Cherish Perrywinkle.

Jurors returned to court to decide whether Smith should be executed, or spend the rest of his life in prison.

Carrie Ann Buck of Syracuse, New York, told jurors she would “never forget his face.” She recounted hiding in a tubular slide at a playground after he chased her in his van.

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