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Post by Justice4all on Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:18 pm

Father Hopes Somer Thompson's Death Helps Protect Others

Chelsi Zash Justin Quesinberry
10/19/2010 7:11:37 PM



Burlington, NC -- Tuesday marked one year since Somer Thompson disappeared while walking home from her Florida school. The seven-year-old's body was found days later in a Georgia landfill.

She used to live in Alamance County, which is where her father, Sam Thompson, still lives.

He said the first few months following her murder were the most difficult, along with holidays and birthdays.

"I think it will probably be a process that will probably never get any easier for you as a parent for the rest of your life," Thompson said.

Emotions have built in the days leading up to the one-year-mark, he said.

"You kind of relive everything you went through on that day: The phone call saying she was missing. It's pretty tough. It really is," he said.

SLIDESHOW: Remembering Somer Thompson

"For me the hardest part is not being there to save her, but there was a purpose and a plan for her life," Thompson said, adding that plan is all about protecting other children.

"I don't want anybody to forget that it could be your kid. Let's just please do everything we can to make sure our neighborhoods are safe and that are kids are watched and they're not put in that position for a predator to snatch them. It only takes a second," he said.


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Post by Justice4all on Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:34 pm

Somer's Mom Talks Of Loss, Justice

Family Still Struggles 1 Year After 7-Year-Old Somer Thompson Disappeared

UPDATED: 6:48 pm EDT October 19, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One year after her 7-year-old daughter was kidnapped and killed, Diena Thompson said it feels like it was just yesterday that she was sending her first-grader off to school.

Thompson said her first thought every morning is still of Somer.

"For the first couple of minutes you sit up in bed and you think, 'It was just a bad dream,'" Thompson said. "And then you come out into the living room and you see the pictures and the stuff that people gave to remember her, and you realized it's not a dream, it's not a nightmare. It's real."

Thompson talked to Channel 4's Jennifer Waugh about life without her daughter and the call that changed her life.

Video:
A Year Without Somer: Mom Remembers Daughter

"I knew she was gone. Really," Thompson said. "My stomach said to me at 4:03 (p.m.) Oct. 19, 2009, that somebody's got your baby and you're never going to see her again."

It was a mother's painful intuition, and something she'd been unable to tell anyone, until now.

Somer disappeared in broad daylight, walking home from school, with children and parents all around.

"The police looked at me and told me they were going to bring her home, but there was something inside of me," Thompson said.


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Post by Justice4all on Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:24 pm

Harrell's Jail Visit Info, Calls Released
Man Awaiting Trial In 7-Year-Old Somer Thompson's Killing

UPDATED: 5:59 pm EDT October 22, 2010

~Snipped~

The phone calls released are between Harrell and his mother, who tries to provide encouragement.

"Just hang in there, baby, and you know, at least you have some books to read to kind of get your mind off stuff," she is heard telling Harrell.

Among the books his mother sent was a Bible.

Harrell told his mother he just wanted pizza and cigarettes and, "just come home and sit down."

He also told his mother he didn't get a card from his grandmother because it didn't have a return address and corrections officers wouldn't allow it in "because it might be somebody sending a bomb or something."

Video: Jailhouse Records, Calls Released

Uncut Audio: Harrell's Calls To His Mother


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Post by Justice4all on Sat Oct 23, 2010 10:59 am

Harrell makes me sick. Does he think we give a crap that he wants pizza, cigarettes, and to come home and sit down?

What about Somer? She wanted to live her life and grow up, not be raped, strangled and thrown out like a piece of trash by some sick freak.

What about her family? Do you think her siblings wanted their sister taken away from them? Do you think her family wants to spend every single birthday and holiday knowing that Somer is gone? Don't you think her mother wanted to watch her grow up, go to prom, graduate high school, maybe college, and possibly get married and give her grandchildren?
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Post by Julie on Sat Oct 23, 2010 12:22 pm

J4A - perfect!

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Post by sitemama on Sat Oct 23, 2010 8:58 pm

J4a, you said it all.

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Post by Justice4all on Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:06 pm

Somer's Family Upset By Jail Calls
Family Says Jarred Harrell Sounds Nonchalant In Calls With Mother

UPDATED: 4:35 pm EDT October 25, 2010

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Perry Currier, who considers Somer his daughter, is engaged to her mother, Diena. Somer called him Dad. Currier has not said much in the media since Somer's killing a year ago, but he commented Monday on the jail calls.

"He is worried about a pizza and a cigarette. Now I can't order a pizza for my daughter (Somer) no more," Currier said.

Currier said Diena was very disturbed by the the calls, which kept her awake at night. She didn't want to talk about them Monday.

Currier, who was reluctant to talk, did say the family was upset by the pizza remarks, but also that there seems to be a nonchalant attitude about Harrell's time in jail.

For instance, in one conversation, Harrell and his mother talk about hearing from other family members and staying positive about the case.

"That is why everybody is going to be sending cards and letters and everything to keep your spirits up," his mother told him. "So hang in there, you know, that kind of thing. It's going to be awhile. Unfortunately, it's not quick, you know. I don't care what anybody tries to tell you."

"They act like it's no big deal, like he's going to get out next week and come and get a pizza," Currier said.


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Re: Somer Thompson -- Found Deceased 10/21/09

Post by Justice4all on Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:35 pm

Jared Harrell a No-show in Court for Hearing; Diena Thompson, Mother of Somer Thompson, Wants That Changed

January 11, 2011



CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- There was a pre-trial hearing for the man accused of killing a girl in Orange Park in 2009, but his absence at the hearing raised the ire of one person.

Diena Thompson, the mother of Somer Thompson, believes Jared Harrell should have been at the hearing in Clay County court this morning, rather than just his attorney.


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Post by Justice4all on Sat Mar 05, 2011 1:28 pm

Somer's mother takes latest hearing in stride

March 4, 2011

By Stephen Kindland
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GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Accused child killer Jarred Harrell’s latest pretrial hearing lasted one minute – long enough for Circuit Judge Don Lester to schedule another hearing for June 21.

Diena Thompson, mother of the 7-year-old girl Harrell is charged with murdering 17 months ago, took the news in stride.

“They warned me ahead of time that [the next hearing] would be in June,” Thompson said outside County Courtroom 12 on Tuesday, March 1.


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Post by Ann - Tx on Sat Mar 05, 2011 3:58 pm

Hi, Justice!

Thank you for the update. The wheels of justice turn slow but hopefully the State will have a sound case against Harrell.

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Post by Justice4all on Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:15 pm

April 5 proclaimed Somer Thompson Day in Clay County

Posted: March 22, 2011 - 3:14pm
By Beth Reese Cravey

The Clay County Commission proclaimed April 5 Somer Thompson Day in memory of the 7-year-old Orange Park girl who was abducted and killed in 2009 on her way home from school.

Her birthday was April 5.

Somer Thompson Day will be recognized on that day this year and "each year hereafter," according to the proclamation.


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Post by Piper on Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:24 am

That's a good thing, in memory of Somer.
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Post by Ann - Tx on Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:51 pm


This thread has not been updated in a long time. There have been court appearances by Jarred Harrell since the last time some one posted here.

There are 3 cases pending against Harrell.

This article is from June, 2011, indicating a trial date of January 30, 2012, for Harrell in the molestation case of the 3 year old child.

Per this article, a tentative trial date of the third quarter, 2012, is for the murder of Somer Thompson.

If I have time one day this week, I will research records with the District Clerk's office to see if there is any trial info more current than indications in this article.
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Trial Date Set For Harrell In 1 Case
Man Accused Of Killing 7-Year-Old Somer Thompson Has 3 Cases Pending

POSTED: Tuesday, June 21, 2011

WJXT - Jacksonville, FL

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A trial date was set Tuesday in a molestation case against Jarred Harrell, who's accused of killing 7-year-old Orange Park girl Somer Thompson.

Harrell, who has waived his right to appear at every pretrial hearing, was not in court Tuesday. The trial in the molestation case was set for Jan. 30.


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Diena Thompson sees Jarred Harrell -- the man accused of killing 7-year-old Somer Thompson -- for the first time in a Clay County courtroom.



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Post by Ann - Tx on Sun Oct 16, 2011 10:11 pm


Jury trial set in Somer Thompson murder


7-year-old Somer Thompson

Published: 6/21/2011 10:35 am
Updated: 6/21/2011 12:31 pm

WTEV/WAWS - Jacksonville, FL

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- It's a case that has tugged the heartstrings of just about everyone in Clay County. It has been nearly two years since 7-year-old Somer Thompson was murdered in Orange Park.

Tuesday, a pre-trial hearing was held for the man police have charged in her death.

Read more and view video:

http://www.actionnewsjax.com/content/topstories/story/Jury-trial-set-in-Somer-Thompson-murder/y2NQIvIme0C1TCnHGi7v6Q.cspx?rss=1
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Per this article, trial date for the murder of Somer Thompson is set for the final quarter, 2012.

To the left of the article under the video box, you can read previous articles.

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Post by Ann - Tx on Sun Oct 16, 2011 10:31 pm



Clay County Sheriff's Office - Green Cove Springs, FL

Inmate Inquiry: Info correct per inquiry date of 10-16-11


Name: HARRELL, JARRED MITCHELL

Age: 26 YEARS OLD

Race / Sex: WHITE / MALE

Arrest Date: 2/23/2010

Release Date:

Next Court Date: 1/17/2012


Charge Status Docket # Bond Amount

POSSESS PHOTOGRAPH OF SEXUAL PERFORMANCE BY CHILD PRE-TRIAL 2010-395CFB CASH OR SURETY $1,000,003.00

LEWD AND LASCIVIOUS MOLESTATION PRE-TRIAL 2010-450CFB NO BOND

MURDER PREMEDITATED SEE GRAND JURY INDICTMENT 2010-710CFB N/A

MURDER FIRST DEGREE PRE-TRIAL 2010-710CF NO BOND

SEX BATTERY SEE GRAND JURY INDICTMENT 2010-710CFB N/A
SEXUAL BATTERY PRE-TRIAL 2010-710CF NO BOND

DIRECT/PROMOTE SEXUAL PERFORMANCE BY CHILD PRE-TRIAL 2010-450CFB CASH OR SURETY $50,003.00

DIRECT/PROMOTE SEXUAL PERFORMANCE BY CHILD PRE-TRIAL 2010-450CFB CASH OR SURETY $50,003.00

LEWD AND LASCIVIOUS MOLESTATION PRE-TRIAL 2010-710CF NO BOND

LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS MOLESTATION SEE GRAND JURY INDICTMENT 2010-710CFB N/A

KIDNAPPING PRE-TRIAL 2010-710CF NO BOND

DIRECT/PROMOTE SEXUAL PERFORMANCE BY CHILD PRE-TRIAL 2010-450CFB CASH OR SURETY $50,003.00

DIRECT/PROMOTE SEXUAL PERFORMANCE BY CHILD PRE-TRIAL 2010-450CFB CASH OR SURETY $50,003.00

DIRECT/PROMOTE SEXUAL PERFORMANCE BY CHILD PRE-TRIAL 2010-450CFB CASH OR SURETY $50,003.00

DIRECT/PROMOTE SEXUAL PERFORMANCE BY CHILD PRE-TRIAL 2010-450CFB CASH OR SURETY $50,003.00

DIRECT/PROMOTE SEXUAL PERFORMANCE BY CHILD PRE-TRIAL 2010-450CFB CASH OR SURETY $50,003.00

DIRECT/PROMOTE SEXUAL PERFORMANCE BY CHILD PRE-TRIAL 2010-450CFB CASH OR SURETY $50,003.00

DIRECT/PROMOTE SEXUAL PERFORMANCE BY CHILD PRE-TRIAL 2010-450CFB CASH OR SURETY $50,003.00

DIRECT/PROMOTE SEXUAL PERFORMANCE BY CHILD PRE-TRIAL 2010-450CFB CASH OR SURETY $50,003.00

DIRECT/PROMOTE SEXUAL PERFORMANCE BY CHILD PRE-TRIAL 2010-450CFB CASH OR SURETY $50,003.00

DIRECT/PROMOTE SEXUAL PERFORMANCE BY CHILD PRE-TRIAL 2010-450CFB CASH OR SURETY $50,003.00

Total Bond Amount: NO BOND
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http://p2c.claysheriff.com/InmateDetail.aspx?navid=634544001684121220
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Post by Ann - Tx on Sun Oct 16, 2011 11:01 pm



Jarred Harrell to stand trial in late 2012 in Somer Thompson murder
Orange Park man faces earlier trial in child porn case.

Posted: June 21, 2011 - 12:24pm
By Jim Schoettler jacksonville.com

Jacksonville.com - Jacksonville, FL -- The Florida Times Union

Jarred Harrell will stand trial in late 2012 in the Oct. 2009 slaying of Somer Thompson, a judge said today.

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http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2011-06-21/story/jarred-harrell-stand-trial-late-2012-somer-thompson-murder




Provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Office
Mug shot of Jarred Harrell, 24, who was arrested on child pornography charges in Meridian, Mississippi. He formerly lived on Gano Avenue in Orange Park, and is a person of interest in the Somer Thompson murder case.










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Post by Ann - Tx on Sun Oct 16, 2011 11:12 pm


State to seek death penalty in Somer Thompson case

Posted: April 1, 2010 - 5:58pm

By Scott Butler jacksonville.com - Jacksonville, FL
The Florida Times-Union

State to seek death penalty in Somer Thompson case
State Attorney Angela Corey announced today that she will seek the death penalty against Jarred Mitchell Harrell in the rape and asphyxiation of 7-year-old Somer Renee Thompson.


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http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2010-04-01/story/stakes-are-death-harrell-somer-case



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Post by Ann - Tx on Sun Oct 16, 2011 11:27 pm


This has not been kept updated by Jacksonville.com

The facts are through 10-19-2010.
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Facts in the case

Oct. 19, 2010 | A vigil to remember Somer Renee Thompson on the first anniversary of her death is organized by First Coast Neighborhood Watch.

April 8, 2010 | Jarred Harrell pleads not guilty to Somer Thompson's murder.

April 1, 2010 | State Attorney Angela Corey announces that she will seek the death penalty against Jarred Harrell in the rape and asphyxiation of 7-year-old Somer Renee Thompson.

March 27, 2010 | "Somer Jam" concert is held at the Jacksonville Landing. The event served as a kickoff and fundraiser for the Somer Thompson Foundation, which raises awareness about protecting children from sexual predators, as well as support victims' families.

March 26, 2010 | Jarred Harrell is formally charged with the murder of Somer Thompson, based on DNA matches and interviews with Clay police.

March 10, 2010 | Jarred Harrell pleads not guilty to charges of child pornography and child molestation.

Feb. 24, 2010 | Jarred Harrell is charged by Clay police with child molestation, as well as 12 additional counts of child pornography.

Feb. 23, 2010 | Jarred Harrell is booked into the Clay County Jail after being transported from Mississippi by a three-vehicle police caravan.

Feb. 18, 2010 | Gov. Charlie Crist signs an extradition order that Jarred Harrell be returned from Mississippi to Clay county to face child porn charges.

Feb. 11, 2010 | Jarred Mitchell Harrell, then 24, is named as a person of interest in Somer's disappearance and slaying. He is held on $1 million bail in a Meridian, Miss. jail on 29 counts of child pornography.

Nov. 24, 2009 | Combined reward funds jump to $64,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the slaying of Somer Thompson. The Justice Coalition Justice for Somer reward portion is $48,000 and CrimeStoppers collected $16,000.

Oct. 27, 2009 | Hundreds attend Somer Thompson's funeral at First Baptist Church in Orange Park.

Oct. 22, 2009 | Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler confirms that the body is that of Somer Thompson.

Oct. 21, 2009 | The body of a small child was found in a Ga. landfill where authorities were looking for Somer Thompson.

Oct. 20, 2009 | An Amber Alert was issued in Somer's disappearance.

Oct. 19, 2009 | Somer Thompson of Orange Park was last seen wearing a cranberry colored jumpsuit with pink-striped sleeves.


Read more at Jacksonville.com:

http://jaxairnews.jacksonville.com/news/crime/2011-06-21/story/jarred-harrell-stand-trial-late-2012-somer-thompson-murder#ixzz1b0ORV8bU


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Post by Ann - Tx on Sun Oct 16, 2011 11:33 pm


Numerous articles with photo albums/photos can be seen at this Link:

http://photos.jacksonville.com/mycapture/category.asp?CategoryID=55436
Jacksonville.com - Jacksonville, FL / The Florida Times-Union Years: 2009 - 2011
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Post by Ann - Tx on Sun Oct 16, 2011 11:46 pm


I have attempted to access the Clay County District Clerk's records for Jarred Mitchell Harrell.

They have updated the site tremendously since I last accessed it. There is a new format. The Criminal Section I need to see indicates it is under construction.

The good news is my membership info was transferred with the new format. I was logged in when the transfer took place. I am glad because I do not remember my password for the Clay County District Clerk's office! It has been several months since I checked the records.

I will call the Clay County District Clerk's office this week to determine the anticipated completion date for the section I need to access.

The murder trial is scheduled for late quarter, 2012. There is no sense of urgency to follow the pre-trial Motions & Hearings at this time.
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Post by Justice4all on Wed Oct 19, 2011 4:39 am

An anniversary marked by tragedy

October 19, 2011



ORANGE PARK, Fla.-- Two years ago Wednesday, Somer Thompson was killed.

"I feel like it's getting harder," said Diena Thompson. She wakes up everyday wishing she'd hear her daughter laugh or see her smile. But then reality hits. Somer is gone.

"It hasn't sunk in."


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Post by Ann - Tx on Thu Oct 20, 2011 1:35 am



Posted: 9:35 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011

Hundreds gather to remember Somer Thompson

By Alyssa Spirato
WOKV - Jacksonville, FL

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —
Moosehaven in Orange Park was painted purple, as hundreds gathered to remember 7-year-old Somer Thompson.


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Somer Thompson vigil at Moosehaven in Orange Park



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Somer's Mom Still Feels Pain Of Killing
2 Years Later, Diena Thompson Awaits Murder Trial For Jarred Harrell To Begin

POSTED: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
UPDATED: 5:50 pm EDT October 19, 2011

WJXT - Jacksonville, FL

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Diena Thompson says the pain of losing her daughter two years ago never goes away.

That's the case especially because the man accused of kidnapping, raping and killing 7-year-old Somer Thompson still hasn't been put on trial.

"It still feels like a very bad nightmare I'm waiting to wake up from," Diena Thompson said.

Jarred Harrell doesn't even attend his court hearings anymore.

"I think he should have to stand up every time and have to look at me when he walks in," Thompson said.


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Diena Thompson talks to the crowd gathered at last year's vigil for her daughter, Somer.
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Post by Julie on Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:24 am

Somer's Sunshine Park Dedicated to Somer Thompson Today

7:44 AM, Oct 21, 2011 |

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Two years ago the body of 7-year-old Somer Thompson was found in a Georgia landfill, and today a park is being named for the little girl who was abducted on her way home from school.

Somer's Sunshine Park is the name being given to the park that is on the route Somer walked while attending Grove Park Elementary. The one-acre wooded lot is located at the corner of Gano and DeBarry avenues.

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Post by Ann - Tx on Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:05 am


Trial delayed for Jarred Harrell

Harrell accused of kidnapping, killing 7-year-old Somer Thompson

Published On: Jan 17 2012 11:02:26 AM EST
WJXT - Jacksonville, FL

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -
The trial in the child molestation case against Jarred Harrell has been delayed.

Harrell is accused of kidnapping, assaulting and killing 7-year-old Somer Thompson in October 2009. He hasn't been in court since he was arraigned in 2010.

Harrell is also charged with child molestation of a 3-year-old and possession of child pornography in cases unrelated to Somer's killing.


Read more & view video:

http://www.news4jax.com/news/Trial-delayed-for-Jarred-Harrell/-/475880/8254052/-/n2mdl6/-/



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Per the article and video, Jarred Harrell's trial (Somer Thompson murder), yet to be scheduled, will be after Jarred Harrell's trial regarding the child molestation charges of a 3-year old child. That trial is scheduled for May 7, 2012.
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Re: Somer Thompson -- Found Deceased 10/21/09

Post by Ann - Tx on Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:38 pm

Big development in Somer's case. Jarred Harrell is set to plead guilty tomorrow in court at 1 p.m. EST.

What a surprise development!
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Re: Somer Thompson -- Found Deceased 10/21/09

Post by Ann - Tx on Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:45 pm



Source: Jarred Harrell set to plead guilty in Somer Thompson slaying

Posted: February 2, 2012 - 11:29am
Updated: February 2, 2012 - 12:30pm

By Jim Schoettler
Jacksonville.com - The Florida-Union Times
Jacksonville, FL

ORANGE PARK -- Jarred Mitchell Harrell has agreed to plead guilty in the October 2009 slaying of the 7-year-old Somer Thompson, bringing a surprising end to one of the most heart-wrenching murder cases in Northeast Florida history, a source intimately familiar with the investigation has told the Times-Union.

Harrell, 26, wasn’t supposed to go to trial in the slaying until later this year or early next year, but plea negotiations with prosecutors have led him to accept a life sentence rather than face the death penalty, the source said.


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http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2012-02-02/story/source-jarred-harrell-set-plead-guilty-somer-thompson-slaying



The Times-Union
Jarred Harrell at a March 2010 court appearance.

NOTE:

Under Harrell's picture (to the left of the article), you can read the following:

Email from the Clay County Sheriff's Office:

MEDIA RELEASE

FEBRUARY 2, 2012

Notice of Pretrial Appearance; Defendant Jarred Harrell






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Re: Somer Thompson -- Found Deceased 10/21/09

Post by Ann - Tx on Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:02 pm


Jarred Harrell pleads guilty to murdering Somer Thompson
26-year-old sentenced to life in prison for killing 7-year-old in October 2009

Published On: Feb 03 2012 10:48:20 AM EST
Updated On: Feb 03 2012 02:54:55 PM EST

WJXT - Jacksonville, FL


Harrell enters the courtroom for the first time in nearly two years to plead guilty to murder, kidnapping, rape and other charges.


CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -
Jarred Harrell pleaded guilty Friday to murdering 7-year-old Somer Thompson in October 2009.

The 26-year-old admitted to kidnapping, molesting and killing the Orange Park girl.

He also pleaded guilty in two other cases, including child molestation of a 3-year-old girl and possession of child pornography, a total of 59 charges.

Harrell was sentenced to life in prison, an agreement prosecutors and defense attorneys came to for Harrell to avoid the death penalty in a trial.

"It is absolutely inconceivable to me and I think to any sane, rational person how you could have committed these acts upon these innocent children," Judge Don Lester said in sentencing Harrell. "With this plea agreement, you are going to die in prison. You will have the rest of your natural life in prison to contemplate the actions committed and the indescribable suffering you have caused to these victims and their families."


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http://www.news4jax.com/news/Jarred-Harrell-pleads-guilty-to-murdering-Somer-Thompson/-/475880/8590720/-/6jm8t7/-/index.html



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Re: Somer Thompson -- Found Deceased 10/21/09

Post by Ann - Tx on Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:10 pm


Jarred Harrell gets 6 life sentences in Somer Thompson case, other charges
"Time to take out the trash," says Somer's mother

Posted: February 3, 2012 - 1:09pm
Updated: February 3, 2012 - 3:53pm

By Jim Schoettler
Jacksonville.com - The Florida Times-Union
Jacksonville, FL

GREEN COVE SPRINGS — After the man who killed 7-year-old Somer Thompson was given six life sentences Friday, the girl's mother ordered Jarred Mitchell Harrell to look in her eyes, then sneered as he refused to meet her glare.

"This will be the last breath I waste or use on you," Diena Thompson, dressed in black, said. "I would like to tell this honorable court that it is now time to take out the trash. May God have mercy on your sorry, sorry soul."

Harrell, 26, pleaded guilty this afternoon to the October 2009 slaying of Somer Thompson, facing four concurrent life sentences without chance for parole in a murder case that devastated the Orange Park girl’s family and horrified a community.

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http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2012-02-03/story/jarred-harrell-gets-6-life-sentences-somer-thompson-case-other-charges



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Re: Somer Thompson -- Found Deceased 10/21/09

Post by Ann - Tx on Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:21 pm


Jarred Harrell Sentencing in Murder of Somer | SLIDESHOW
Jarred Harrell is sentenced in Green Cove Springs, 2/3.


First Coast News - Jacksonville, FL

February 3, 2012


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http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/photo-gallery.aspx?storyid=239594





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Re: Somer Thompson -- Found Deceased 10/21/09

Post by Ann - Tx on Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:26 pm


Jarred Harrell transferred to Florida State Penitentiary

February 6, 2010

Published: 8:10 am
Updated: 8:20 am

WTEV - Jacksonville, FL

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jarred Harrell, the man convicted of killing Somer Thompson, was transferred Monday morning to the Florida State Penitentiary.


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http://www.actionnewsjax.com/mostpopular/story/Jarred-Harrell-transferred-to-Florida-State/Cmjn7e74RkWhGvWNCYM39Q.cspx
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Re: Somer Thompson -- Found Deceased 10/21/09

Post by Piper on Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:54 am

Hi Ann,

Thank you for all of the updates. At least he'll be behind bars for the rest of his natural life. Somer will never be released until he's dead. He will relive what he did to her over and over in his sick mind until the day he dies. I hope they throw some rope in his new cell!

Here's a link to his new prison ID - inmate #134632

http://www.dc.state.fl.us/ActiveInmates/detail.asp?Bookmark=21&From=list&SessionID=1038244303
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Re: Somer Thompson -- Found Deceased 10/21/09

Post by Ann - Tx on Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:52 pm

Hi, Piper!

Re the updates, you are welcome.

Yes, Jarrod Harrell is behind bars for the rest of his life. I notice he is at their intake facility, R.M.C. Main Unit. After they evaluate and process Harrell I wonder which prison he will "call home." I guess he will be housed with other inmates that are dangerous child predators.

Piper, thanks for posting the Link to the FL Prison system. I'm going to post a pic of his new mug shot from the above Link you provided:


JARRED M HARRELL /JARRED MITCHELL HARRELL




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Re: Somer Thompson -- Found Deceased 10/21/09

Post by Weeziethm on Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:08 am

One year later: How Somer's Garden is helping the community heal

snipped:  In April 2015, the land was turned into Somer's Garden -- the first public food forest in Northeast Florida.  The food forest concept is a low maintenance way of growing fresh, organic food and has become trendy in recent years.  But what makes this garden different from most is that it's open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"I think that Somer would just think this place was magical and would want to frolic through here and play. It makes me think of her but in a good way," Thompson said.

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/orange-park/one-year-later-how-somers-garden-is-helping-the-community-heal/38869260

.....sweet Somer afro
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Re: Somer Thompson -- Found Deceased 10/21/09

Post by Freckles on Wed Feb 10, 2016 4:50 pm

Weeziethm wrote:One year later: How Somer's Garden is helping the community heal

snipped:  In April 2015, the land was turned into Somer's Garden -- the first public food forest in Northeast Florida.  The food forest concept is a low maintenance way of growing fresh, organic food and has become trendy in recent years.  But what makes this garden different from most is that it's open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"I think that Somer would just think this place was magical and would want to frolic through here and play. It makes me think of her but in a good way," Thompson said.

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/orange-park/one-year-later-how-somers-garden-is-helping-the-community-heal/38869260

.....sweet Somer afro
A living memorial.... a beautiful gift of remembrance.
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Re: Somer Thompson -- Found Deceased 10/21/09

Post by Freckles on Wed Feb 10, 2016 4:52 pm

I noticed the prosecutor was Angela Corey. She was involved with the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman trial....
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