Autopsy Pos of Cherish Perrywinkle Revealed
An autopsy pos of the body of Cherish Perrywinkle was released today. In the case, her body was found in a tidal creek, partially clothed, in six inches of water. Cherish was being weighed down with asphalt chunks and buried beneath a log. Cherish’s mother was horrified to learn the details of Smith’s behavior, and she had a strong reaction when investigators pulled her van over on Interstate 95.
When Cherish was found, she was eight years old and about to leave for California to spend the summer with her father. She lived with Rayne, her mother’s boyfriend and her two younger sisters. Rayne was helping Cherish prepare for the trip by buying new clothes for her. Don was the one she felt most uncomfortable about. Rayne suspected that Don had killed her daughter.
Smith’s attorneys filed a motion in limine, objecting to the photos of her daughter’s autopsy. The prosecution argued that the photos would be emotionally prejudicial and could cause further pain for Cherish’s family. The objection was overruled by the trial court. The prosecution described the incident as “a mother’s worst nightmare.” Smith objected to this argument, but the court overruled her.
The autopsy pos reveals that Cherish Perrywinkle had been raped just before she died. The trauma caused her anatomy to be distorted. During the autopsy, Rao also examined Smith at the Police Memorial Building. The injuries were consistent with the timing of her death. An anatomical reconstruction of Cherish’s penis shows that Smith, a man with color, was likely to rape her.
In the courtroom yesterday, the chief medical examiner who performed the autopsy of Cherish Perrywinkle became teary-eyed during testimony. The witness was so emotional after seeing the photos from the autopsy. Several jurors covered their mouths and the judge refused the motion. Nevertheless, the state attorney’s office re-opened the case. It is hoped that the autopsy will prove the accused guilty and send them to prison.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office admitted to making mistakes, but the case is now being tried. The officers interrogated Rayne Perrywinkle about her account and found that she was acting strangely. Rayne Perrywinkle hugged Paul Hinson after her trial. He had suggested Smith be executed. He also attended the trial and sentencing of the defendant. The execution was the final stage of the case.