Med. Examiner Tearfully Describes Rape and Killing of 8-Year-Old Girl Who 'Did Not Die Quickly'

A medical examiner who conducted the autopsy 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle became emotional in court Tuesday as she discussed the last moments of the young girl’s life.

Dr. Valerie Rao was testifying during the trial of Donald James Smith, 61, who faces charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual battery of the girl. If convicted, he faces the death penalty.

Rao testified that Cherish had sustained severe injuries from being strangled, tortured and raped. As she looked at photos...

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