Florida Bound: Somer Thompson Person of Interest to Be Extradited

Feb 22, 2010 2:18pm

Lee Ferran reports: Jarred Harrell, person of interest in the murder investigation of Florida 7-year-old Somer Thompson, will be heading back to the Sunshine State to face unrelated child pornography charges, the governor of Mississippi ordered today.

In the order, Gov. Haley Barbour said it "appears that said fugitive [Harrell] fled from justice" when he moved from Florida to Mississippi last fall.

Click here to read Gov. Barbour's extradition order.

In August, two months before Somer's disappearance, Harrell's former roommates turned over to police a computer they said Harrell used that contained sexual images and videos of children, according to arresting documents.

Harrell was arrested "without incident" at his Meridian, Miss., home on Feb. 11 and charged with 29 counts of possession of child pornography. He initially declined to waive extradition, but a request from Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist forced the issue.

Somer disappeared on Oct. 19 while walking home from school with her twin brother and older sister. Her body was found in a Georgia landfill two days later after detectives followed garbage trucks from Somer's Orange Park, Fla., hometown in search of clues.

Neither Crist's extradition request, nor Barbour's extradition agreement make any mention of the little girl.

Police said they will not reveal that exact time and date of the extradition for security purposes, but Mississippi's Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie told ABC News Harrell could be picked up any time.

ABC News' Lauren Pearle contributed to this report.
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