JACKSONVILLE, Florida — Attorneys representing a man accused of abducting and killing a Jacksonville girl want the child's mother to testify about previous statements that she is clairvoyant and foresaw her daughter's death.
Lawyers for 58-year-old Donald James Smith argue that jurors have a right to decide whether the mother might have taken steps to make her prophecy come true.
Smith, a sex offender, is charged with the June 21, 2013, rape and murder of 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle. Prosecutors say Smith lured the Perrywinkles to a Wal-Mart with promises to buy them food and clothing.
The mother, Rayne Perrywinkle, lost custody of her other children after the slaying.
The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/1uwmRjm ) reports that the judge may call Rayne to the stand during the trial to determine whether her claims are admissible.
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