Teen Charged With Deputy's Death Pleads Not Guilty

A teen charged with murder in the death of a Bell County Sheriff's Deputy earlier this year pleads not guilty.

17-year-old David Poppiti of Delaware is accused of ramming his car into Deputy Sean Pursifull's cruiser after a high speed chase in January.

Pursifull and his K-9, King died in the crash.

Poppiti is being held on a one million dollar cash bond.

He will be back in court May 19th.

A 16-year old that was a passenger in Poppiti's car faces complicity charges.

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  • by D Location: Winchester on Apr 9, 2008 at 01:30 PM
    Someone, I would see your point if it were the same judge setting the bonds, but it isn't, so it is apples and oranges.
  • by Someone Location: Pikeville on Apr 9, 2008 at 08:20 AM
    The point of my post was to show the way the judges in our COUNTRY think that a crime involving a police officer is of higher importance than anyone else. It just really upset me that the woman killed TWO children and she could get out for less money than someone who killed a cop. If you don't think thats a lil crooked than I don't know what to say. Its not the principle of if they could pay the bond or not its the importance of a uniform. And it doesn't make a difference if it was one judge or three. You totally missed the point of that.
  • by D Location: Winchester on Apr 8, 2008 at 05:19 PM
    Someone in Pikeville, What is the point of your post? It isn't like either of them could pay even a $100,000 (probably couldn't even get out on $25,000) cash bond to get out. It was two different judges from two different jurisdictions that set the bonds, and both of them are high enough that they will both stay in jail for the duration of their trials. Both incidents were terrible and saddened me greatly, but I am sure that the criminal justice system will take care of both of them. The only problem is that even if they got the death penalty for their heinous crimes, there isn't a governor with chutzpah enough to go through with it. If I sat in that office there would be tears of fear rolling down death row, because as soon as I could reset the machine there would be another occupant on the table. I'd make Texas look like California. Our system is too soft and just shows people that ther is no consequence for their actions.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2008 at 10:01 AM
    How can he say he is not guilty? He drove the car straight into Officer Pursifull. Don't start with some plea that he is crazy and can't stand trial, we in Southern Kentucky will not believe that. If the legal system will not try him let the public, i'm sure he will receive what is coming to him. Still keeping the family of Officer Pursifull in my prayers.
  • by Someone Location: Pikeville on Apr 8, 2008 at 09:40 AM
    What I think is sad is I heard this on the radio this mornin that this teenage boy was in jail on a 1 million cash bond for killing a deputy sheriff BUT theres a woman in Louisville that killed her TWO children and she's in jail with a 500,000 cash bond. Do you not see injustice in that? What is wrong with the world? Is it that a deputy sheriff is worth more than a 10 year old and a 14 year olds lives? I think its sad to put a price like that on someones life.
  • by carlatoy Location: williamsburg on Apr 8, 2008 at 06:10 AM
    These boys were out fot trouble & they found it. Just because you come to the south part of Ky, does not mean that you can break the law & think you can get away with it. Whst were they doing down here anyway? Their little road trip cause a death. People of Pineville do not let this boy get away with murder.
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Apr 7, 2008 at 04:31 PM
    The boy deserves the injection or chair. He purposely ran his car into Purcifull's car and killed him and King. If he gets by with this I hope someone does him the same way.RIP Sean and King!


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