Medical examiner needs break while describing murdered 8-year-old’s autopsy at court

A medical examiner who conducted the autopsy on an 8-year-old Florida girl who was abducted, raped and murdered in 2013, grew emotional at the alleged killer’s trial Tuesday and had to interrupt her testimony for a break, the Daily Mail reported.

Dr. Valerie Rao, the Jacksonville chief medical examiner, testified that Cherish Perrywinkle sustained severe injuries from being raped and strangled, including a “‘totally destroyed anatomy.” Viewing photographs of the girl’s battered body in court on Tuesday,  Rao became teary and unable to continue.

Donald Smith, 61, is charged with kidnapping, raping and murdering the girl, and faces a possible death sentence if convicted.

Smith allegedly lured…

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