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Chapman will get new judge to hear murder case

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PASCO, Wash. --    A Pasco man accused of killing his girlfriend and her unborn baby will get a new judge to hear his case.

Judge Carrie Runge agreed to remove herself from the case after Kurtis Chapman's attorney Matt Rutt said Judge Runge couldn't be quote "fair and impartial."

Rutt would not give details as to why Kurtis Robert Chapman filed an "affidavit of prejudice" in Franklin County Superior Court.

A new judge is to be assigned next week, and the October 20 trial date is expected to be pushed back.

Rutt said he expects Judge Craig J. Matheson to take over the case.

Chapman faces second degree murder and first degree manslaughter charges for allegedly strangling 19 year old Shenay Greenough.  She was more than 30 weeks pregnant with her second child.  Police found Greenough's body buried beneath the Pasco home of Chapman's father.