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Harrell pleads guilty 

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Case Timeline

OCTOBER 2009
Monday, Oct. 19, 2:45 p.m. - Somer disappears while walking home from Grove Park Elementary School with her twin brother, older sister and some friends. When the sibling arrive home and sister is not there, their mother's boyfriend, Sean Patten, begin searching the neighborhood.
Monday Oct. 19, 5 p.m. - Mother Diena Thompson, who came home from work to help search, flags down a Clay County deputy to report Somer missing. The search grows through the night, involving deputies, horses, dogs and neighbhood volunteers.
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. - Amber Alert is issued for Somer Renee Thompson. More than 100 Clay County deputies and law enforcement officers from neighboring counties, the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are involved in the search. The search was expanded Tuesday to a 5-mile radius, and officials say they will interview 30 more registered sex offenders.
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m. - Candlelight vigil is held
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7 a.m. - Diena Thompson, appears on all three network morning shows pleading for the safe return of the first-grader.
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 12:50 p.m. - $25,000 reward announced
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 3:30 p.m. - Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler announces that a body of small child has been found in the Chesser Island Landfill near Folkston, Ga., where Orange Park's trash is dumped.
Thursday, Oct. 21 -- Somer Thompson's body is identified. Officials search house at 1080 Gano Ave., near Somer's school.
Monday, Oct. 26 - Somer Thompson's memorial/viewing
Tuesday, Oct. 27 - Memorial service/funeral service for Somer Thompson
Wednesday, Oct. 28 - Diena Thompson meets with investigators and thanks commuinity. Sheriff Beseler asks public for help finding killer.
NOVEMBER 2009
Nov. 27 - Reward for slain 7-year-old increased to $64,000
FEBRUARY 2010
Feb. 10 - Sheriff's Office, FBI converge on house near Somer's disappearance
Feb. 11 - Jarred M. Harrell, named a person of interest in the case, was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Meridian, Miss., on 29 counts of possession of child pornography
Feb. 25 - Jarred Harrel extradited from Mississippi arrives in Clay County
MARCH 2010
March 10 - New charges filed. Harrell pleads not guilty to 55 molestation and child porn charges.
March 26 - Sheriff Rick Beseler announced at news conference that Jarred Harrell has was charged with murder and sexual battery.
March 28 - Thousands of people pack the Jacksonville Landing for the first 'Somer Jam'
APRIL 2010
April 1 - Jarred Harrell indicted in Somer's murder
April 8 - Harrell pleads not guilty
April 28 - Diena Thompson attends Harrell pretrial hearing -- the last time the defendant attended a hearing in his case.
MAY 2010
May 19 - Somer Foundation pushes for new restrictions on sexual predators.
May 20 - Prosecutors announce they will seek the death penalty if Harrell is convicted.
OCTOBER 2010
Oct. 19 - Vigil, other events mark one-year anniversary of Somer's disappearance
DEVELOPMENTS IN 2011
Feb. 9 - Documents sealed in Jarred Harrell case
March 1 - Jarred Harrell murder case passed until June
April 5 - School celebrates Somer Thompson Day
June 21 - Jan. 30, 2012 trial set in the molestation case
Oct. 19 - Vigil held on two-year anniversary
DEVELOPMENTS IN 2012
Jan. 17 - Judge granted a defense request for more time. Molestation trial pushed back to May 7.
Feb. 3 - Jarred Harrell pleads guilty to abduction, molestation and slaying of Somer, along with dozens of othe charges and is sentenced to six life terms plus 35 years.
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