GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- For the first time, Somer Thompson's twin brother is talking about his sister's murder.
Samuel Thompson misses his twin. He doesn't feel whole without Somer. He wanted Jarred Harrell to know that. Harrell may not have looked at him, but he heard him. "He did what he did and now he deserves to suffer. He will rot in jail for the rest of his life," said Samuel.
Samuel says Harrell's multiple life sentences in prison fixes his life. He stood side by side with State Attorney Angela Corey after the hearing, saying its finally over. "That gives me a happy feeling. It fixes my life. One step at a time. That's all it takes," said Samuel.
Samuel was candid and resilient in the courtroom, but he misses his twin sister everyday.
For the first time he's talking about the day Somer was killed. Samuel remembers October 19, 2009 like it was yesterday. For the first time, we're hearing him tell what happened on the walk home that day. "She was walking home school. She was fighting with kids," said Samuel.
Somer was upset and ran ahead of Samuel. That was the last time he would see her. She didn't even make it to the crossing guard when she stopped in front of Harrell's home. "I asked if she had seen Somer and she said no."
Police say Somer was seen sitting under a palm tree, outside the home where Harrell was living. Somer had often stopped at the home in the past to see a white dog.
She was gone by the time Samuel went back to look for her. He thinks Harrell lured her inside. "What I think he did was he was trying to be nice at first and after running, she could've been tired and maybe he gave her water," said Samuel.