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Post by Snaz on Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:56 pm

Man charged in Somer Thompson’s murder
Seven-year-old disappeared while walking home from school last year

updated 12:34 p.m. ET, Fri., March. 26, 2010


Jarred Harrell is seen in this booking photo released by the Clay County Sheriff's Office.
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ORANGE PARK, Fla. - Investigators in Florida have charged a 24-year-old man with murder in the slaying of a 7-year-old girl who disappeared while walking home from school last year.

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.

Somer disappeared Oct. 19 and a massive search was launched in the Jacksonville suburb of Orange Park. Her body was found two days later in a Georgia landfill nearly 50 miles away.

Detectives said Harrell was then living at his parents' home near Somer's school and house.

The news was first reported by the Clay Today Web site, which reported that Harrell was a former resident of Orange Park, Florida, and lived on the same route that the girl used when she went missing in October.

The Clay Today report came ahead of a press conference by "Team Somer" of Clay County Sheriff's Office at the Frist Baptist Church of Orange Park.

Jail records released by the Sheriff’s Office said that Harrell, 24, was charged with premeditated murder, sexual battery of a child under 12 and lewd and lascivious battery, according to Clay Today.

Harrell has been in the Clay County Jail since last month when he was extradited from Meridian, Miss., Clay Today said.

The Web site added that Harrell had been charged with more than 55 counts as well as charges — unrelated to Somer Thompson — that he sexually molested a young girl and videotaped the assault, according to court records.

At an initial appearance in Clay County Court earlier this month Harrell pleaded not guilty to the charges and had asked for a public defender.


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Post by KariBear on Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:19 pm

55 counts?! OMG! My poor heart can't take much more of this.

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Post by KariBear on Fri Mar 26, 2010 6:16 pm

I just caught the end of a news segment and they said that this creeps family swears he isn't capable of violence. Huh?

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Post by Estee on Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:10 pm

They should make his family view the explicit videos!!!!Then ask them what they think!!!
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Post by Justice4all on Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:02 pm

Video: Diena Thompson Speaks after Jarred Harrell Announcement

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Post by Justice4all on Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:03 pm

Video: Diena Thompson Speaks to Public after Harrell Announcement

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Post by Justice4all on Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:05 pm

Video: Neighbors Speak about Recent Arrest in Somer Case

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Post by Piper on Sat Mar 27, 2010 11:03 am

J4A, thank you so much for posting the videos of Diena. I've watched them more than once. I amazed at her poise and strength. I've had to fight back tears everytime I've seen her speak. I am thankful she has so many people to support her and her family.
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Post by Justice4all on Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:10 pm

You are welcome Piper.

Here's a link to a video that will probably make you fight back tears. Unfortunately, I couldn't get it to embed here. It is on the right near the top at the link.

http://www.fox30jax.com/content/actionlocal/story/Danny-Gokey-sings-for-Somer/NhHsvmPkTEm9e49xYfcFvg.cspx

Danny Gokey sings for Somer

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- American Idol's Danny Gokey visited Action News Friday. After hearing about what happened to Somer Thompson, he sang a special song in her memory.

Gokey also took the time to talk to Action News' Dawn Lopez during the noon show.

The former Idol contestant will be singing at The Jacksonville Landing Friday night at 9 p.m.
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Post by Estee on Sat Mar 27, 2010 1:53 pm

That was absolutely beautiful....It should be the theme song for all missing and murdered children...So full of Love and Emotion...One can only imagine....
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Post by Snaz on Sat Mar 27, 2010 2:28 pm

That was beautiful hearing Danny Gokey sing for Somer..... he lost his wife right before he was on AI last season, so he is all too familiar with the pain of losing someone you love.

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Post by Justice4all on Sun Mar 28, 2010 10:53 am

Somer Thompson benefit at Jacksonville Landing brings tears

Event was time of reflection.

Posted: March 28, 2010 - 12:22am
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Diena Thompson brought a jolt of energy to the Somer Jam concert held Saturday in her slain daughter's memory.

She danced and sang along to the chorus of the Journey song a band on stage was covering: "Don't Stop Believin'."

The crowd joined in, singing a song that seemed to personify Thompson's efforts to bring justice and now a purpose for the brutal murder last fall of 7-year-old Somer.

The Somer Jam, held Saturday at The Jacksonville Landing, was both the official kickoff and a fundraiser for the Somer Thompson Foundation, which will raise awareness about protecting children from sexual predators, as well as support the families of victims.

Diena Thompson mingled with the crowd about 6 p.m., accepting hugs and pats on the back from strangers who attended the benefit. She smiled when Rita Laufer approached her, but only a few moments passed before both women, and Dave Laufer, standing nearby, were weeping.

Rita Laufer said she told Thompson, "We feel what she feels."

Their son, 26-year-old Eric, was killed last year, and his assailant has not been caught.

The Laufers flew in from Buffalo, N.Y., when the leader of the Something Distant band asked if musician Dave Laufer could fill-in at the last minute on bass. Because of their own story, they didn't hesitate to join the cause for Somer.

The Laufers arrived Friday night, just hours after Jarred Harrell was formally charged with murder and other crimes that police say are connected to Somer's death. Rita Laufer said she can only try to imagine what Thompson was going through.

"It's got to make her feel like this will never happen again, but it will never bring her daughter back," she said. "Her heart will never stop breaking. Ever."

Scott Hanson, who lives on Jacksonville's Northside and grew up listening to headliner band Molly Hatchet, brought his 5-year-old son Devin to the concert with him. He said Somer's death was a rude awakening.

"It opened my eyes to awareness and how you need to watch your children because my son plays outside every day," he said. "You never know who's driving around the corner."

Hanson said he wanted to support the Somer Jam because the foundation will provide a necessary service.

"We need to bring awareness to what's really going on in our neighborhoods," he said, "and keep our children safe."


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Post by Estee on Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:55 am

Now this is what it is all about!!! The Scamthony's should take a page out of their book....Somer's family is standing tall through adversity...She would be proud of them... afro
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Post by pi-girl on Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:03 am

Thanks, J4A & Piper for posting the videos. Danny Gokey's song is beautiful and did bring the tears.

Diena Thompson is so strong. She (as well as all other parents of murdered children) has been forced into the position she never thought she would be in - living a nightmare that none of us ever want endure.

The Jarred Harrells of the world have no idea nor do they care what pain they cause and that they have forever altered so many lives.

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Post by Piper on Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:09 pm

Mother Tells 'Today' of 'Beautiful, Wonderful Child'

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In an exclusive interview this morning on “Today,” Diena Thompson celebrated her slain daughter, Somer.

“She was a beautiful, wonderful child,” Thompson told Ann Curry. “We miss her, and we love her.”

Thompson was a portrait of grace and dignity under pressure.

She appeared via satellite from Jacksonville, and she kept the focus on Somer. Thompson said she felt some relief since Jared Harrell was charged Friday with the premeditated murder of 7-year-0ld Somer. But Thompson added that the pain would never go away. She thanked the public for its support and said a foundation established to honor Somer will focus on prevention but also helping other families who lose their children.



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Post by Justice4all on Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:06 pm

Four Count Indictment for Harrell in Thompson Murder Case

By Tiffany Griffith
April 1, 2010 6:54 PM

With a jury's indictment, Jarred Harrell is officially eligible for the death penalty, if found guilty of Somer Thompson's murder.

Thursday afternoon, a grand jury indicted 24-year-old Jarred Harrell on four counts in connection to the 7-year-old's murder. The counts include murder in the first degree, kidnapping, sexual battery and lewd or lascivious battery.

Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler says this is the first step in a long trial process.

"Complex cases like this, if you look at some of the Casey Anthony case down in Orlando or even right here, the Michael Jackson case in Clay County, just recently, it took three years to bring that case to trial," says Beseler. "These are very complex cases. A great deal of pre-trial work and depositions and discovery and all those things that have to go on - very easily it could take a couple of years before this case would be ready to go to trial."

He also mentioned that it's hard to say whether Harrell would be tried in Clay County because the case received so much attention. It will be up to the judge to decide whether a change of venue is necessary for Harrell to receive a fair trial.

Harrell was officially charged last Friday with the October abduction, rape and murder of 7-year-old Somer Thompson. The girl disappeared after walking home from school along Gano Avenue in Orange Park.

Harrell's arraignment on the indictment is scheduled for April 8th at the Clay County Courthouse.


http://wokv.com/localnews/2010/04/four-count-indictment-for-harr.html
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Post by Justice4all on Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:10 pm

Here is a link to Harrell's indictment.

Warning: It is graphic and very disturbing.

http://download.gannett.edgesuite.net/wtlv/docs/040110_harrellindictment.pdf
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Post by Snaz on Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:32 pm

Jarred Harrell Indicted By Grand Jury
Man Accused Of Killing 7-Year-Old Somer Thompson

POSTED: 6:10 pm EDT April 1, 2010
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GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The man accused of killing a 7-year-old Clay County girl has been indicted by a grand jury.

State Attorney Angela B. Corey announced Thursday that the Clay County grand jury returned a four-count indictment charging Jarred Mitchell Harrell with murder in the first-degree, kidnapping, sexual battery and lewd or lascivious battery in relation to the disappearance and death of Somer Renee Thompson.

Somer disappeared Oct. 19 from her neighborhood in Orange Park. Her body was found two days later in a landfill in Folkston, Ga.

On Feb. 23, detectives with the Clay County Sheriff's Office transported Harrell from Meridian, Miss., where he had been arrested, to the Clay County Jail on charges not related to Somer's death. At that time, Harrell was only considered a person of interest in the girl's death, investigators said.

On March 26, Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler gathered the "Team Somer" task force to announce that Harrell had been charged with murder.

On Thursday, evidence was presented to the grand jurors of Clay County, who returned the four-count indictment against Harrell at about 4 p.m.

Judge William A. Wilkes accepted the indictment and set no bond on the charges.

Harrell's arraignment on the indictment is scheduled for April 8 in Clay County.


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Post by Piper on Thu Apr 08, 2010 1:04 pm

Harrell pleads not guilty in Somer Thompson slaying
Posted: April 8, 2010 - 11:18am

GREEN COVE SPRINGS — Jarred Harrell pleaded not guilty this morning in the Oct. 19 kidnapping, sexual battery and slaying of Somer Thompson.



Harrell, 24, was charged March 26 with the 7-year-old's slaying. His not-guilty plea was made before Circuit Judge William Wilkes in a hearing that lasted about a minute. His next court appearance is set for April 26.



Harrell, also facing child pornography charges in two separate cases, is being held in the Clay County jail without bail.



Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said investigators have DNA, interviews and other evidence that link Harrell to the slaying. Somer was last seen walking on Gano Avenue after she left school. Harrell's stepfather owns a home on the street that police said Harrell used.

http://staugustine.com/florida-news/2010-04-08/harrell-pleads-not-guilty-somer-thompson-slaying
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Post by Justice4all on Fri Apr 16, 2010 8:29 pm

Suspect in Somer Thompson slaying: I was home at time

Newly released records touch on case of Orange Park girl’s death

Posted: April 15, 2010 - 5:03pm
By Jim Schoettler

The man charged with killing Somer Thompson told police he was at his mother’s Orange Park home the afternoon investigators said Somer died there, according to 125 pages of police reports and other records released Thursday.

What Jarred Harrell may know about the 7-year-old’s slaying will likely remain secret until his trial, since authorities redacted portions of his statements to police. The State Attorney’s Office cited several public records exemptions for the redactions, including one that protects details of confessions.

Harrell, 24, was charged March 26 in Somer’s slaying. She vanished Oct. 19 while walking home on Gano Avenue after leaving school. Her body was found in a Georgia landfill two days later. Sheriff Rick Beseler has said that evidence against Harrell includes statements he’d previously made to police.

Harrell was first jailed in Mississippi Feb. 11 on unrelated child pornography charges. The charges stemmed from a case opened in August when Harrell’s former roommates gave police a computer and discs they said he used to store graphic images of young girls. The released records involved that case, but also included new details about Somer’s death.

Harrell once lived with his mother and stepfather at 1152 Gano Ave., which was along Somer’s route home. About a week after her disappearance, police were alerted to Harrell’s use of the home when the parents of one of the former roommates told deputies they spotted his car there.

The parents and roommates knew Harrell once lived at the home. They were suspicious of his possible involvement in Somer’s disappearance because of his connection to child pornography, they told police.

The records show detectives first interviewed Harrell on Oct. 30 in Somer’s case. He allowed them to search the home and property, but they spotted nothing suspicious.

Harrell said he had been with his mother between 3 and 5:30 p.m. on the day Somer disappeared, including time they spent at the home helping her pack for a move to Callahan. Somer was last seen in the neighborhood about 2:45 p.m.

Harrell’s mother, Annis Dailey, told police she was with him, apparently at the home, between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m., the records show. She said they left together, gassed up their vehicles, had dinner at a McDonald’s and split up about 5:30 p.m. In a jail call between them months later in Mississippi, Dailey told her son she would provide him an alibi in Somer’s case.

No other details of the Oct. 30 interview were included in the records.

The records include some exchanges between detectives and Harrell after his Feb. 11 arrest in Mississippi. At one point, Harrell agrees to view a pornographic picture of a girl and said he recognized her from a Web site.

“Jarred Harrell realized that he was admitting to having viewed child pornography and changed the subject,” the records state.

Harrell freely spoke to detectives about the charges he faced during his ride from Mississippi to Clay County and when he arrived, but summaries of those discussions are redacted.

The records offer some insight into work done in the child pornography case, which has been the subject of some criticism since Harrell wasn’t charged in that until well after Somer was killed. Beseler has said plenty of work needed to be done before an arrest could be made in the child pornography case.

The records show that Harrell claimed one of his roommates, who kicked him out over a theft allegation, could have set him up by downloading the pornography onto his computer. One of the roommates gave inexplicably deceptive responses when asked during a polygraph if he transferred pornography onto Harrell’s computer, the records show.

Among the other records released Thursday were entries Harrell and his friends made on his MySpace.com page. Under his profile, he said he drinks, smokes and is undecided about having children. He lists horror flicks among his favorite movies and “CSI” among his favorite TV shows. Of books, he wrote, “I don’t read much.”

Harrell’s last log-in was on Nov. 12, more than three weeks after Somer’s death. He lists his mood as tired.


http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2010-04-15/story/records-jarred-harrell-tells-cops-he-was-gano-avenue-home-day-somer
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Post by Justice4all on Fri Apr 16, 2010 8:34 pm

How Somer Thompson Suspect Was Caught

Despite Child Porn Evidence, Suspect Stayed in Home in School Zone

By KIMBERLY LAUNIER, ROBBIE GORDON and TAMI SHEHERI
April 16, 2010

In the cover of darkness, a man runs.

He is alone, and yet he is being watched. Neighbors awakening to their weekday obligations notice that for the man, dawn has become a kind of witching hour of stealthy activity.

For weeks, 24-year-old Jarred Harrell was observed scurrying from his shed to various areas of his backyard in the early morning. Sometimes he was dressed only in what neighbors described as short silk boxers and a gray sweatshirt.

According to a woman who lived next door, Harrell, who moved to the home in Callahan, Fla., at the start of the year, acted strangely from the start.

Watch the full story tonight on "20/20" at 10 p.m. ET


Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/2020/TheLaw/police-home-somer-thompson-suspect/story?id=10385449
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Post by Piper on Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:58 pm

Thanks for the notice on the 20/20 story, J4A. He makes me violently ill....
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Post by Justice4all on Sun Apr 18, 2010 10:44 am

You can watch the full episode of 20/20 at the following link or watch it on the embedded videos below.

http://abc.go.com/watch/2020/166626/258643/a-parents-nightmare-sex-offenders-in-our-midst


































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Post by Piper on Sun Apr 18, 2010 10:48 am

J4A, thank you for this. I recorded it Friday night and watched it last night. It was very enlightening. I recommend everyone watching it.
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Post by Piper on Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:11 pm

Somer's mom faces her daughter's accused killer

May 21, 2010
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Diena Thompson in court

Thompson wore 7-year-old Somer's name on a t-shirt in her daughter's favorite color, purple. She cried before Jarred Harrell entered the courtroom.

Thompson's parents and three victim's advocates sat with her. Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler was also in the courtroom.

Thompson did not cry when Harrell walked into court. She looked right at him. Harrell did not look back. He kept his face towards the judge.

"He's so much of a coward he can't even turn around at look at the mother of the child he murdered," Thompson told Action News after the hearing was over.

Tuesday's hearing was requested by Harrell's defense team. They wanted to suppress all evidence in Harrell's court cases.

The hearing revealed that police interviewed Harrell on video tape when he was first arrested in February in Meridian, Mississippi on child pornography charges unrelated to Somer.

Judge John Skinner denied the request to preserve that video, police notes, text messages and instant message evidence.

Harrell's defense also asked for a protective order, requesting nothing about the case be characterized to the public by public officials. Judge Skinner also denied that request. He said he had not seen that happening by anyone involved in the case.

"I hope the rest of the trial goes as well as today went," Thompson said afterwards.

Harrell is charged with kidnapping, molesting and murdering Somer Thompson in October. He is also charged with child molestation, owning child pornography and making child pornography in an unrelated case.

Wednesday's hearing was Harrell's longest appearance in court. It lasted 30 minutes.

Harrell's next pretrial hearing is set for May 20.

http://www.fox30jax.com/content/actionlocal/story/Somers-mom-faces-her-daughters-accused-killer/EcEZiQ9qvEC7uyGQ0dAcjQ.cspx
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Post by Piper on Fri May 21, 2010 11:22 am

Prosecutors Push For Death Penalty in Somer's Killing
Prosecutors want Jarred Harrell to die for kidnapping molesting and murdering Somer Thompson

By Rich Jones, News Director @ May 21, 2010 6:02 AM

Lawyers met Thursday in Clay County and prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty if Harrell is convicted of killing the 7 year old.

Harrell's next court appearance is scheduled for June 24th. Cops say Harrell snatched the girl while she was walking home from her Orange Park School back in October.

Her body turned up a few days later in a Georgia landfill. He has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

http://wokv.com/localnews/2010/05/prosecutors-push-for-death-pen.html
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Post by Justice4all on Sat May 22, 2010 3:24 pm

I finally found a way to embed that beautiful Danny Gokey song for Somer.

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Post by Justice4all on Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:16 pm

Hatchet's new CD 'Justice' includes Somer's song; supports Foundation

Clay Today
June 4, 2010
Clay Today staff

LAKE ASBURY – The hard rocking southern rock band Molly Hatchet is doing its part to remember a young murder victim from Clay County.

The band’s latest CD “Justice,” released in the United States on Monday, June 1, includes the single “Fly on Wings of Angels,” which is written about 7-year-old Somer Thompson.

Molly Hatchet’s lead guitarist Bobby Ingram, a Lake Asbury resident, says the song is a way the band can help the family and warn parents worldwide about the dangers faced by their children.

“This is a big huge concept record,” Ingram said. “It’s not just that is going to touch our community … this touches everybody in the word. In some fashion justice has touched everybody … they either feel justice served or justified.”

Ingram isn’t just letting the song speak for him. He's also putting actions to words by joining with Somer’s mother, Diena, to form The Somer Thompson Foundation. And to show how strongly he feels about the foundation, which he chairs, the band has donated all future royalties of the song “Fly on Wings of Angels” to the foundation.

The connections with the Thompson family are growing stronger, too. Ingram said he invited the family to his home in April to celebrate the birthday of Somer and her twin brother, Sam.

“They are just amazing people. They are so genuine,” he said. “It was one of the best times I have ever had here at my house.”

Somer went missing Oct. 19 while walking home from Grove Park Elementary School. A massive search by law enforcement and volunteers turned up nothing, but then investigators, acting on a hunch, searched a Georgia landfill and found her body.

Jarred Harrell, who lived along the route Somer took on her way home, was arrested in February and later charged with her murder. He is being held without bail in the Clay County Jail awaiting trial.

Ingram said he became involved when supporters of the Thompson family decided to hold a fundraising concert at Orange Park High School. Prior to the concert he met Diena Thompson and felt an immediate connection to her because he had lost his wife when she died suddenly six years ago.

“The FBI took us over to meet Diena. When I saw her I said I told her I know what suffering is, and what loss is about. It’s a loss that you can’t describe and that I don’t’ know how you feel, but I do,” he said. “I don’t want to see someone suffer in my community and I didn’t turn my back. I was asked to bring community together again and in my little way I did through music.”

Inspired after meeting Diena, Ingram said he went back to his recording studio in Orange Park with a song in mind. Even though the band was already in pre-production of the new CD, Ingram began reworking the concept to encompass the Justice theme.

Written from Diena’s perspective, the song questions why the tragedy happened, he said.

“We wrote it in like 20 minutes. It was just amazing,” he said. “It wasn’t finished as far as the lyrics, but the lead and cords were the exactly same then as they are on the record.”

He later asked Somer’s older sister, Abby, to sing “You Are My Sunshine” at the beginning of the song, which is also being released as a single.

As for the new CD, Ingram said it’s getting great reviews in Europe, where it was released a week earlier. “The album is definitely the biggest of the band’s career since ‘Flirtin' with Disaster’ and it’s definitely the highest profile of the band’s career.”

There are plans for Diena and her children to join Molly Hatchet when it plays in major U.S. markets to get the word out the Somer Thompson Foundation. The song, with Abby singing, too, was performed in April during the Somer Jam in Jacksonville.

“Molly Hatchet is a wonderful vehicle to help face this threat across the United States. We touch so many big markets, and now we’ve got the Somer song that we can make people aware of the problem ( of stranger abductions,” he said.

Diena Thompson said she’s excited about the song and appreciative for all Ingram has done.

“Of course I’m excited,” she said. “(The song) will immortalize Somer forever.”

She’s hopeful that through music others will be educated about the dangers children face. And the foundation will give other grieving mothers somewhere to turn to, she said.

“When all that was going on I can remember thinking that all I wanted another mother who kind of knew that I was feeling,” she said. “They don’t give you a manual on what to do. My main thing is to be there for that person.”

In addition to the promotional tour to Europe and the Orient later this year, a golf tournament is planned this fall at World Golf Village. Ingram said he hopes to have other rock groups, celebrities and athletes get involved in promoting the Somer Thompson Foundation’s message.

One of their first goals is to get the Florida Legislature to pass legislation that would require convicted sex offenders to live at least one mile from a school, creating a “Somer safety zone” and to shorten the Amber Alert period from 24 hours missing to just 30 minutes, Ingram said.

Being involved in the foundation gives purpose to his life, said Ingram, who is so energized he found himself searching at 4 a.m. in his attic for items to donate to the foundation. He’s also found a friendship with Diena that grew out of a terrible situation.

“Diena and I seemed to connect. Nobody really understands it … it’s more of a spiritual real life struggle that we have both experienced. She is helping me as much as I am helping her because she’s given me a purpose to help other people.

“Maybe this song is my John Lennon’s ‘Imagine.’ If we can help each other, if we help each other one by one we can start to make a difference.”

For more information on Somer's Law, and a supportive petition, go online to www.somerthompsonfoundation.com. Information on the new CD is available at the band's website www.mollyhatchet.com


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Post by Piper on Sat Jun 05, 2010 10:30 am

This is wonderful, something so positive resulting from a child's murder. Somer will live forever in these songs. Thanks for sharing these J4A. I can't imagine the pain Diena feels, I'm thankful she's had so much support.
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Re: Somer Thompson -- Found Deceased 10/21/09

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Post by Piper on Tue Aug 03, 2010 1:11 pm

Somer Thompson Murder Suspect Jarred Harrell Not in Court Today

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The trial in the murder of Somer Thompson will have to wait for several more weeks.

Jarred Harrell has been charged with the abduction and murder of 7-year-old Somer Thompson last fall as she walked home from school in Orange Park.

He was scheduled to be in court this morning for a pre-trial hearing, but the hearing was passed until Sept. 28. Harrell was not in the courtroom.

But Somer's mother, Diena Thompson, was there today, seated next to Bobby Ingram from the local band Molly Hatchet.

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Post by Justice4all on Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:32 pm

Input sought for Somer Thompson vigil

September 13, 2010
By Stephen Kindland

ORANGE PARK – The president of an expanded Neighborhood Watch program is seeking input from the general public about activities to coincide with a candlelight vigil planned for the first anniversary of the slaying of 7-year-old Somer Thompson.

Hayward Peterson, who prefers to call himself an area coordinator for the newly established First Coast Neighborhood Watch program, is asking anyone interested in helping to organize the event to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16 at the Pentecostal church, 1909 Debarry Ave., near Kingsley Avenue.

“Anybody and everybody are welcome,” said Peterson, whose efforts to expand the former Grove Park/Oak Hollow Neighborhood Watch program has resulted in a revised membership list of 500 households between Wells Road and Kingsley Avenue and Park Avenue and Blanding Boulevard.


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Post by Justice4all on Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:56 pm

You are welcome Tish. I would like to thank every member who posts articles and helps us stay on top of these cases.
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Re: Somer Thompson -- Found Deceased 10/21/09

Post by Justice4all on Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:17 pm

Neighbors plan for anniversary of Somer's abduction

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ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- It was a crime that shook a community to its core. Somer Thompson, kidnapped, killed, and thrown in the trash, allegedly by a man who lived in her neighborhood.

It's been almost a year. Her neighbors are organizing an event to mark the anniversary, and they're asking for your help.


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Post by Justice4all on Wed Sep 29, 2010 5:53 pm

Pretrial Hearing Held In Harrell Murder Case
Jarred Harrell Not In Court In 7-Year-Old Girl's Killing

UPDATED: 6:44 pm EDT September 28, 2010

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Diena Thompson, Somer's mother, sat in court Tuesday as she has for all of the pretrial hearings in her daughter's case.

Video: Somer's Mom Attends Hearing

"I come to represent my daughter and all of the other children that are missing or murdered," Diena Thompson said. "I made a vow that I'd be here, and hell nor high water can keep me away."

Thompson said she hoped to see the man prosecutors said killed her daughter, but instead, she saw a courtroom full of lawyers and procedure, as yet another court date passed without event.

"Yeah, it's frustrating because that means it's just going to take that much longer to get to trial," Thompson said. "But so long as they're going through the info and they're getting everything that they need to get to make sure he's where he belongs, then that's what we have to do."


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Post by sitemama on Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:27 pm

Thanks for the video J4a. It is still so sad, and every time I see Diena, my heart breaks all over again.


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Post by Justice4all on Fri Oct 15, 2010 9:03 pm

I'm also heartbroken every time I see Diena give an interview.

I'm glad this case was solved. It could have easily gone years without Somer or her killer being found, but the police did an incredible job.
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Post by Justice4all on Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:40 pm

House where police say Somer Thompson was slain haunts Orange Park neighborhood

Posted: October 18, 2010 - 5:57pm
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ORANGE PARK — Diena Thompson cheers a little through her searing pain when told someone busted the front windows at 1152 Gano Ave.

“Hate to say it: 'Go, Orange Park’,” Thompson said.

Somer Thompson’s mother cringes at the mention of the one-story house that sits eerily empty a year after police said Jarred Harrell kidnapped and killed her daughter there. Harrell’s stepfather still owns the property. Harrell, 25, remains in jail awaiting trial.

The few schoolchildren who still walk by the home on their way to and from Grove Park Elementary School pass signs hung from the white garage door that demand “Justice for Somer’’ and solicit crime tips for First Coast Crime Stoppers.

It’s the same route the bright-eyed first grader took on her way home a year ago today when she vanished just before 3 p.m. Somer, 7, was found dead two days later in a Georgia landfill. Police arrested Harrell in March.

Thompson, 35, still has two children who attend the elementary school, including Somer’s twin, Sam. Thompson said either she or her sister now drive the children to school. She said she tries to avoid glancing at the red brick home whenever she passes by.

“But, unfortunately, it’s kind of like a train wreck. You just can’t help but look,” Thompson said last week.

Thompson said those moments heighten her anguish, which has caused many tears and sleepless nights. She hopes the home will be demolished, but isn’t sure what should replace it.

“My child lost her life in that house,” she said angrily.


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Post by Piper on Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:40 am

I don't know how she drives past that house every single day. It would tear my heart out. I feel so badly for Somer's siblings as well.
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Post by sitemama on Tue Oct 19, 2010 1:10 pm

My best friend lived 2 houses below Kim, when she was murdered in her own home by her estranged husband. Shirley had a son who was paralized from the chest down from a auto accident the night of his graduation. I spent a lot of time at her house while Kim lived near her. After Kim's murder, I could never go to visit Shirley after that time.

4 years after Kim's death, Shirley's son passed away, and she sold her house and moved out of the area. She said she could not move before then, as the Mason's had come in and remodeled her house to accomodate Tony's needs.

Now, neither one of us have to go pass that house.

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Post by Justice4all on Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:15 pm

Kids Still Walk Solo Where Somer Kidnapped, Killed

10/19/2010

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- One year after Somer Thompson was killed on her walk home from school, we found kids still going by the suspect's house alone, with no parents in sight.

On Gano Avenue, kids ride their bikes and walk past the house on the way to Grove Park Elementary without any supervision. One year ago, authorities say this is where Jarred Harrell kidnapped and killed Thompson.

"We see quite a few still walking solo. We'd like more parents to do this year-round, to walk with them. But the longer it goes the less parents we see," said Orange Park Police Chief Jim Boivin.


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