Guilty Plea In Delaware Teen's Trial

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

A dramatic and emotional day in the courtroom at an eastern Kentucky murder trial leads to a guilty plea.

After day two of testimony wrapped up David Poppiti pleaded guilty to wanton murder and fleeing and evading police.

Day two of the David Poppiti trial in Bell County included testimony from an unlikely witness and video of the crash that killed Sheriff's Deputy Sean Pursifull.

The video from a KSP cruiser that was chasing David Poppiti and a juvenile passenger on January 10th, 2008 was shown.

Officers called for help, but deputy Sean Pursifull and his K-9 King were instantly killed.

David Poppiti's defense attorney claims Poppiti lost control of his car during the chase.

Prosecutor says it was an intentional act.

The other teen riding in the passenger seat during the chase testified that at one point, he tried to stop Poppiti.

The 17 year old passenger, has served nearly one year in juvenile detention facilities, for his part, and said Poppiti was in full control during the chase.

Former Harlan County Special Deputy Scott Moore, awaiting his own wanton murder trial, testified that he overheard Poppiti say that it wasn't an accident.


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