Somer Thompson Murder Suspect Formally Indicted

Apr 1, 2010 8:33pm

ABC News' Lee Ferran reports: The man who police say brutally sexually assaulted and murdered Florida 7-year-old Somer Thompson, was formally indicted by a grand jury today. The four-count indictment includes charges of murder in the first degree, kidnapping, sexual battery and lewd or lascivious battery.
Clay County police chief Rick Beseler first announced murder charges against Jarred Harrell, 24, while standing under a "Justice for Somer" banner at a dramatic press conference on March 26.
Somer disappeared on Oct. 16. Two days later, investigators found the little girl's body in a Georgia landfill.
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Shortly following Beseler's announcement, Somer's mother, Diena Thompson, took the stage to address her daughter's suspected murderer.
"I stood here … and said, 'We're coming to get you. We will get you,'" she said, referring to previous public statements. "And I'd like to take this opportunity to say to you, Jarred Harrell, we got you."
Harrell had been in police custody since early February when he was arrested on a battery of unrelated child pornography charges. 
He is expected to enter a plea for the new charges at his arraignment, scheduled for April 8. Harrell is being held without bond.

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