TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The governor has stepped in to request that the person of interest in the murder of Somer Thompson be extradited from Mississippi.
This afternoon, Gov. Charlie Crist issued the following statement regarding Jarred Mitchell Harrell:
"After working closely with the Office of State Attorney Angela Corey in the 4th Circuit, today I requested that Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour grant the extradition of fugitive Jarred Mitchell Harrell to Florida, where he faces 29 counts of possession of child pornography.
"I am grateful for the Mississippi law enforcement officers who apprehended this dangerous suspect. It is crucial to remain vigilant in prosecuting crimes against our children. Those who perpetrate horrendous offenses against Florida's most vulnerable citizens must be brought to justice."
READ THE OFFICIAL REQUEST
Harrell was arrested last week in Mississippi on child porn charges.
Following his arrest, Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler held a news conference announcing that Harrell was also a person of interest in the Somer Thompson case. He used to live near Somer's home, and along her route home from school.
Harrell announced earlier this week that he was fighting extradition; in that case, the governor of the extraditing state must request permission for extradition from the governor of the state where the person is being held.
In October, 7-year-old Somer disappeared as she walked home from school in Orange Park. Her body was found a few days later in a Georgia landfill.
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