The trial for the Florida man accused of kidnapping, raping, and murdering 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle in 2013 had its opening statements today, Monday, February 12. Donald James Smith, 61, faces the death penalty if he is found guilty of first-degree murder, kidnapping, and sexual battery.
Perrywinkle’s mother, Rayne Perrywinkle, testified in court today. At times she fought back tears while speaking about the last hours of her daughter’s life in 2013. She said that Smith had been hovering around her and her three children while they shopped at Family Dollar earlier in the day. The mother said that Smith lured them to a Walmart, located ten minutes away, under the false guise of being generous. He claimed he’d buy the girls clothing with a gift card.
Rayne said that Smith told her that his wife would meet them at Walmart. She testified that she believed him.
“He told me I was safe,”
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The trial of David Mueller, whom Taylor Swift is accusing of sexual harassment, continues today.
A report from Complex on the specific details of Swift’s testimony reveals more details about the meet-and-greet incident, which led to the trial.
“He did not touch my rib,” Swift said in court, according to TMZ, referring specifically to Mueller’s testimony, in which he denied any kind of sexual content. “He did not touch my hand. He grabbed my bare ass. He stayed latched on to my bare ass… as I moved away from him visibly uncomfortable.”
“It was a very shocking thing that I have never dealt with before,” she added. “He grabbed my ass underneath my skirt. It was underneath my skirt.”
TMZ has previously published photos of the incident in question, despite Swift’s request not to have the images disseminated.
The defense went on to argue that Mueller is innocent because Swift continued the meet-and-greet
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