Saturday, March 27, 2010

Somer Thompson Man charged In Murder Recalls Daughter

Somer Thompson’s mother today challenged communities to help children, and she made her remarks shortly after a man was formally charged with her daughter’s murder. The Orange Park girl, who was 7, disappeared on her way home from school. Her body was later found in Georgia landfill. Jarred Harrell today was formally charged with Somer’s murder; he is in custody in the Clay County Jail.

Somer Thompson

ORANGE PARK, Fla Channel 4 has confirmed that a man arrested in Mississippi on child pornography charges last month is now charged with murder, and sexual battery and other counts in connection with the death of Somer Thompson. Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler notified the media before dawn Friday that he will announce a major development in the Som.

Somer Thompson

Jarred Mitchell Harrell was charged Friday with killing Somer Thompson. He has been in custody since Feb. 11, when authorities arrested Harrell in Mississippi on Florida child pornography charges. Harrell was then extradited to Florida Clay County deputies said that in October, Harrell lived on Gano Avenue, a house that Somer walked by on her way home from school every day and only a few doors from where the girl was last seen alive. Her body was found two days later in the Charlton County, Ga., landfill where Orange's Park's trash is dumped.

Somer Thompson

“I’m here today to announce that Jarred Harrell has been formally charged with murder,” Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said standing in front of a “Justice for Somer” banner to the applause of those gathered for the statement.

"She was so clutzy," Thompson tells ABC News Chief Law and Justice Correspondent Chris Cuomo, co-anchor of "20/20," in an exclusive interview airing tonight on "Nightline." "I mean, she could not walk and chew bubble gum at the same time," Thompson said. "But she loved to dance. She wanted to be a ballerina."

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