A judge has removed himself from the case of a 17 year old charged with the murder of a Bell County Sheriff's Deputy.
David Poppiti 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," both died in the crash.
Bell County Circuit Judge James Bowling, Jr. says he could impartially preside over the case but says appointing a special judge assures the Delaware teen will be treated fairly.
David Poppiti is due back in court May 19th.
A 16-year old that was a passenger in Poppiti's car also faces complicity charges.