JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A jury has been selected in the trial of a man who faces a possible death sentence if convicted of the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in 2013.
News outlets reports that the panel was selected Friday in the trial of 61-year-old Donald Smith.
Smith is charged with the first-degree murder, rape and kidnapping of Cherish Perrywinkle.
Smith is accused of killing Perrywinkle after luring her family to Wal-Mart in June 2013 with promises to buy food and clothing. Cherish’s mother called 911 after she began to suspect Smith had left with the girl.
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Smith’s attorneys had asked for the trial to be moved, saying a fair jury was impossible because of widespread local media coverage.
Opening statements are scheduled to begin Monday.