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The Murder of Somer Thompson

Disappeared Walking Home From School

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Somer Thompson

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On October 18, 2009, 7-year-old Somer Thompson was walking home from her Orange Park, Florida school with her twin brother and 10-year-old sister when she disappeared. Her body was found two days later 50 miles away in a landfill in Georgia.

Latest Developments

Somer Thompson's Killer Gets Plea Deal
Feb. 3, 2012
The man who kidnapped 7-year-old Somer Thompson on her way home from school two years ago has avoided the death penalty by accepting a plea deal. Jarred Harrell was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole after agreeing to drop his right to appeal the sentence later.

Somer Thompson Suspect's Trial Delayed
Jan. 28, 2012
The man charged with the kidnapping and murder of 7-year-old Somer Thompson was supposed to go on trial this week for an unrelated child molestation charge, but that trial has been delayed. Attorneys for Jarred Harrell were granted a request for more time to prepare their case.

Previous Developments

Somer Thompson Suspect Faces Trial
June 21, 2011
The man accused of the kidnapping and murder of 7-year-old Somer Thompson from Orange Park, Florida will face trial for the crime in 2012, but not before he goes on trial in another case for 14 counts of molestation and producing child pornography. Jarred Harrell's first trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 20, 2012.

Pornographer Arrested in Somer Thompson Case
March 26, 2010
A Florida man being held on child pornography charges in Mississippi has now been charged with the murder of a 7-year-old Orange Park girl who disappeared Oct. 19, 2009 while walking home from school. Jarred Mitchell Harrell, 24, faces multiple charges in connection with the murder of Somer Thompson.

Body Found in Somer Thompson Search
Oct. 21, 2009
The family of a 7-year-old girl who disappeared while walking home from school two days ago has been informed by authorities than a child's body has been found in a landfill. The child's body was found in a landfill in Folkston, Georgia, just across the Florida state line near where Somer Thompson vanished.

Florida Searches for Missing 7-Year-Old
Oct. 18, 2009
Police were interviewing registered sex offenders and searching Orange Park, Florida for a 7-year-old girl who disappeared while walking home from school. Authorities issued an Amber Alert for Somer Thompson who vanished as she and her twin brother and 10-year-old sister were walking home.

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