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Person of Interest in Somer Thompson Case to Fight Extradition

6:09 AM, Feb 16, 2010   |    comments
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CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- A Clay County man named as a person of interest in the Somer Thompson slaying will fight extradition back to Florida, according to the Lauderdale, Mississippi County Sheriff.

Jarred Harrell was arrested in Mississippi last week on child pornography charges.

Harrell is originally from Lucedale, Miss., but lived in Meridian. He was homeschooled before moving to Florida. Police say he lived in a home on Gano Avenue, which was just one block west from where Somer Thompson disappeared in October.

His family said Harrell just moved back to Mississippi a few weeks ago.

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Harrell will no longer have an extradition hearing in Mississippi.  Sheriff Billy Sollie says only paperwork needs to be completed for the extradition to happen, and Harrell's next hearing will likely be back in Florida if he is forced to return.

Harrell is currently being held on a $1 million bond in the Lauderdale County Detention Center in Meridian.

If Harrell follows through with his intent to fight extradition, Florida investigators will have to submit documents to Gov. Charlie Crist, said Jacksonville Defense Attorney David Robbins. Crist would then ask Mississippi's governor to extradite to Harrell to Florida.

The process is expected to take a couple of weeks.  Sheriff Sollie says in his nearly 25 years with law enforcement, he's never seen a governor's extradition request denied.

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