Somer Thompson Person of Interest Fights Extradition

Feb 19, 2010 11:27am
Lee Ferran reports: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist requested Thursday that Jarred Harrell, person of interest in the case of murdered 7-year-old Somer Thompson, be extradited to his state where Thompson was last seen alive. Harrell, who has apparently not retained an attorney, “declined to waive extradition” following his arrest last week meaning only a request from Crist could force the move, Lauderdale Co. Sheriff Billy Sollie told ABC News.

Harrell, a former neighbor of the Thompsons, was arrested without incident at his home in Meridian, Miss., on unrelated child pornography charges last week. He was named a person of interest in Thompson’s murder the same day. He is being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Center.

According to Sollie, if Mississippi governor Haley Barbour agrees to the extradition, Florida investigators will travel to Lauderdale Co., Miss., to retrieve Harrell.

In the request, Crist noted that the alleged pornography crimes took place while Harrell lived in Florida and therefore, Harrell should be returned “to be dealt with according to law.”

The request makes no mention of Somer Thompson. The little girl’s body was found in a Georgia landfill last fall.

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