JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A judge has denied bail to a registered sex offender accused of abducting and killing an 8-year-old Florida girl.
Donald James Smith was charged Saturday with murder and kidnapping in the death of Cherish Perrywinkle. Authorities say Smith befriended Cherish and her mother while they shopped Friday night.
Smith's attorney, Fred Gazaleh, told The Florida Times-Union before the hearing that Smith didn't have a chance of getting bail.
Authorities initially spelled the girl's name Charish Perriwinkle in an Amber Alert on Saturday, but later changed her last name to Perrywinkle. Victim's advocate Ann Dugger of the Justice Coalition says she spoke with the girl's mother, who said her daughter's name is Cherish Perrywinkle.