Judge Removes Himself From Case

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.


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  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on May 7, 2008 at 01:23 AM
    The kid killed a cop anyway they slice it. So by law they have to take his life of give him 20years to life imprisonment. Thats why cops have such big heads they know they kill a civilian worst scenario 10yrs but anybody kills a cop they are in turn killed.
  • by ESAHC on May 5, 2008 at 08:16 PM
    I think this is a good decision. A special judge will be impartial and fair in this trial. This case is going to be difficult to find anyone that will be impartial because of the high publicity and because a local officer was involved. Also, the passenger's case is already over; he stayed in juvenile court on facilitation charges - not complicity. And his case has been dealt with and was over not long ago.

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