Harrell Pleads Not Guilty

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The unemployed restaurant worker accused of sexually assaulting and killing 7-year-old Somer Thompson in Florida has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Jarred Harrell entered the plea in a brief hearing Thursday morning. He is being held without bail.

Somer's body was found in a Georgia landfill two days after she vanished walking home from school in October.

Authorities say Harrell lured Somer into his parents' home, where she was asphyxiated and tossed into a trash bin.

Harrell was charged March 26 in Somer's slaying. He was already being held on child pornography charges in a separate case.

Harrell was arrested Feb. 11 in Meridian, Miss., where he had moved about three weeks prior.

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