Source: Jarred Harrell Set to Plead Guilty | News
ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- An anonymous source has confirmed to First Coast News that Jarred Harrell is set to plead guilty in a pretrial hearing Friday in Green Cove Springs.
Thursday morning Clay County Sheriff's Office PIO Mary Justino sent a news release to members of the media advising them, "There is the potential for significant court action in regards to the potential prosecution of this defendant."
Harrell was charged March 2010 with premeditated murder in the 2009 death of 7-year-old Somer Thompson. Harrell is also charged with sexual battery on a victim under 12, and lewd and lascivious battery.
A gag order was issued by Judge William Wilkes on Dec. 14, 2010, that prohibits anyone involved in the trial from speaking publicly. The order also prohibits the release of court documents until a final resolution.
Justino's statement said Harrell will be in court Friday, which would be the first time since April that Harrell has physically been present in court. During other court hearings, he has been represented by legal counsel.
Harrell was arrested Feb. 11, 2010, in Meridian, Miss., on 29 counts related to child pornography. The Clay County Sheriff's Office said the pornography crimes occurred in Clay County and were unrelated to the Somer case. Harrell, then 24, was extradited to Clay County and arrived Feb. 24.
Somer Thompson was last seen walking home from school Oct. 19, 2009. Her body was found in a Southeast Georgia landfill two days later after extensive searches and community involvement.