Mother Says "Charges Bring Some Relief"

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The mother of 7-year-old Somer Thompson, who vanished while walking home from school in north Florida, says charges filed in her daughter's murder have brought some relief.

Diena Thompson told NBC's "Today Show" her family is doing "a little bit better" after detectives charged 24-year-old Jarred Mitchell Harrell with premeditated murder Friday.

Thompson said she goes through a gamut of emotions and that the pain is excruciating. She also said she thinks it would be fair for Harrell to get the death penalty.

Somer Thompson's body was found in a Georgia landfill two days after she disappeared in October.

Harrell also has been charged with lewd and lascivious battery and sexual battery. He was already being held on child porn charges in a separate case after being arrested in Meridian, Miss., in February.


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  • by Me on Mar 30, 2010 at 08:36 AM
    Saved, there is NOTHING to rejoice about when a child is done that way.
  • by Jack on Mar 29, 2010 at 08:44 PM
    SAVED= prove it. Only retribution will bring solace.
  • by cheri Location: meridian on Mar 29, 2010 at 07:48 PM
    THEY NEED TO LET THE PUBLIC TORTURE HIM WITH A LONG PUBLIC VIOLENT DEATH. JAIL IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR HIM , UNLESS THEY PUT HIM IN A CELL WITH A MASS MURDERER. THEN THEY CAN SHANK HIM THERE!
  • by SAVED Location: IL on Mar 29, 2010 at 03:38 PM
    MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY, THE MOTHER CAN SOMEDAY HEAL FROM THE LOST BUT THE CHILD IS IN A BETTER PLACE THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT SHE IS WITH JESUS. SO WE CAN REJOICE IN THAT .
  • by Worried Location: Faraway on Mar 29, 2010 at 02:48 PM
    I agree with Lisa,Put him to death.an Eye for an Eye.If it had been one of my kids all I would have to say on that would be...DON'T EVER LET HIM FREE AND let me FIND OUT ABOUT IT...My feeling's go out to this family.It's so sad of all the crime out there but to harm a child is really sick....sick....sick
  • by Lisa Location: Meridian on Mar 29, 2010 at 11:51 AM
    He should be put to death! I wish I could be on that jury...How could he take a childs life and then put her in a garbage dumpster. He is a sick,perverted person.
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