Teens Charged With Killing Deputy Appear In Court

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

The driver of a car that rammed into a cruiser two months ago killing a Bell County Sheriff's deputy and his police dog will be tried as an adult.

17 year old David Poppiti of Delaware is charged with the murder of Deputy Sean Pursifull. Police chased Poppiti and a 16 year old passenger in January after a gas station drive-off in Harlan County. During a high speed chase that followed, their car rammed into Pursifull's parked cruiser.

The 16 year old is charged with complicity to murder. His case will remain in juvenile court.

Poppiti's cousin told us Wednesday he was an inexperienced driver running scared on a curvy road.

Another school, Page Elementary, came forward Wednesday with more than $1,200 dollars for the fund for another K-9 for the Bell County Sheriff's Department. Most of the $25,000 dollars needed is already raised.

We'll bring you more information as it becomes available.

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