Watch: Donald Smith Trial

The penalty phase in the Cherish Perrywinkle murder case begins Tuesday. Donald Smith was convicted of kidnapping, rape and murder of the 8-year-old girl.
Jurors will now decide if he lives or dies.

Donald Smith’s son is among the eleven witnesses listed for the defense.

In 2013, Donald Smith befriended Cherish’s mother at a General Dollar store. He offered to buy her daughter a dress at Walmart. The mother and daughters rode with Smith to Walmart. After shopping for awhile, Smith lured the 8-year-old out of the store and into his van. Her body was found the next morning.

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Aaron Keller is an attorney licensed in two states. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. During law school, he completed legal residencies in the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General and in a local prosecutor’s office. He was employed as a summer associate in the New Hampshire Department of Safety, which manages the state police, and further served as a summer law clerk for a New York trial judge. Before law school, Keller worked for television stations in New York and in the Midwest, mostly as an evening news anchor and investigative reporter. His original reporting on the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Halbach was years later featured in the Netflix film "Making A Murderer."

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