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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