Teen Faces Adult Charges In Crash That Killed Deputy

PINEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The driver of a car that rammed into a
cruiser two months ago, killing a southeastern Kentucky deputy and
his police dog, will be tried as an adult, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Bell County District Judge Robert Costanzo sent the case of
17-year-old David Poppiti of New Castle, Del., to circuit court,
where he will face a murder charge in the death of Sheriff's Deputy
Sean Pursifull, County Attorney Neil Ward said.
A passenger in the car, 16-year-old Eric Gerren of Chester
County, Pa., was originally charged with murder, but Ward said that
charge was amended earlier to complicity to murder. Gerren's case
will remain in juvenile court by agreement of the lawyers in the
case, Ward said.
Ward said Gerren was willing to take responsibility for his
actions as part of the agreement to keep the case in juvenile
court. Another hearing is set in Gerren's case for May 21, Ward
said.
Poppiti and Gerren, who both appeared in court on Wednesday, are
being held in a juvenile detention center in Adair County, the
prosecutor said. Both pleaded not guilty during their arraignments
the day after the wreck.
Pursifull, 31, and his police dog, King, died Jan. 10 when the
car rammed into Pursifull's parked cruiser during a high-speed
chase following a gas station drive-off. Pursifull and King were
buried beside each other in a family cemetery.
Poppiti is also charged with assault on a service animal, a
felony, Ward said.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Lisa Location: Townsend, DE on Mar 15, 2008 at 06:22 AM
    My thoughts and prayers are with all involved in the case. Everyone has choices in life. Whatever they choose and how they deal with the consequences will determine what their future holds. Stop looking at the what-ifs and move forward. What's done is done. Lets concentrate on where everyone goes from here. Out of tragedy and devastation life holds lessons and healing.
  • by steve Location: corbin on Mar 13, 2008 at 08:16 AM
    The Governor needs to get a clue..
  • by Erin Location: KY on Mar 12, 2008 at 09:25 PM
    This is BS that the kid is going to be charged as an adult. The only reason the judge is doing that is because a cop died. Oh, and Carl, these kids do not deserve to be in jail for the rest of THEIR life.
  • by DALLAS Location: MIDDLESBORO on Mar 12, 2008 at 05:20 PM
    The judge is still deciding what to do with the 17-year-old driver, who's still charged with murder. DALLAS - OMG! STILL DECIDING? IT'S EITHER LIFE OR DEATH...UH LETS SEE, YEP! DEATH SOUNDS GOOD...CASE CLOSED. NEXT!
  • by DALLAS Location: MIDDLESBORO on Mar 12, 2008 at 05:12 PM
    CARL - DON'T WORRY CARL, ME AND YOU HAVE WORKED BEHIND THE FENCE BEFORE, WE KNOW WHAT THEY GOT COMMING TO THEM, "JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED"
  • by jen on Mar 12, 2008 at 03:40 PM
    i think the cops who was doing the chaseing should be on tril also they could not get away could have stop them at pineville they did not know the roads so i say put the cops in harlan in there with them
  • by c Location: fkt on Mar 12, 2008 at 03:00 PM
    These two evidently have no respect for anyone so lock them up & throw away the key! But wait, this is KY, so I guess these two will not be getting ANY PUNISHMENT for their crime because our governor doesn't want to pay for their prison upkeep! I guess our governor would also consider them non-violent, after all, they just used their vehicle to kill someone & not a gun! So our governor would probably just let them go free. I think I'll move out of this state..our leaders (if you can call them that) are jokes!
  • by carl Location: pineville on Mar 12, 2008 at 11:58 AM
    put them were they belong so they can look out the bars and remember what they did for the rest of there life.

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