Extradition Pending for Harrell

The investigation of the death of 7-year-old Somer Thompson in Florida led to Meridian and the arrest of 24-year-old Jarred Harrell Thursday. Thompson's body was found in a Georgia landfill last fall.

Harrell was taken into custody Thursday as a "person of interest" in the case by federal authorities at 1520 22nd Avenue Heights in Meridian. It was only after his initial arrest Thursday that Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie says his deputies got involved.

"We actually came in contact with him at the FBI office, at the U.S. Post Office in downtown Meridian," said Sollie.

Sollie says federal officials asked deputies to take Harrell into custody. Harrell is charged with 29 counts of possession of child pornography. Sollie said all of the charges stem from evidence discovered in Clay County, Florida.

ABC News reported that pictures and videos described as disturbing were found on Harrell's computer and turned over to authorities by his former roommates.

According to Sollie, Harrell moved to Meridian recently, and at this time, is not facing any charges here.

"We have no history of him having any charges or court appearances in this area," said the sheriff.

For the charges he's facing in Florida, Harrell's bond was set at $1,000,000. He's awaiting extradition back to Florida.


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  • by Loretta on Feb 14, 2010 at 10:23 AM
    These people need to monitor their kids on the internet more careless. It could have been one of you guys child as well...Just saying..
  • by the pope Location: far away on Feb 12, 2010 at 08:34 PM
    good people of meridian the pope has heard your cries for justices behold mr harrell shall get whats coming to him and the pope has spoken
  • by tommy on Feb 12, 2010 at 07:06 PM
    if this uy is given bail then he shouldnt be chemically castrated the father of the child he killed should return the favor
  • by Jay on Feb 12, 2010 at 06:40 PM
    Everette these things have to be done properly he gets a trial first after all he is only a "person of interest" so far. Then chemically castrate him and let the mother physically castrate. When did all these perverts become such a problem?
  • by Everette Location: Union on Feb 12, 2010 at 11:04 AM
    This Is Evedently A Very Sick Individual,If He Is Allowed To Get Bail And Run Loose He needs To be Chemically Casterated So he Can't Bother Any More Kids..
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