ORLANDO, Fla. -

The judge presiding over Casey Anthony's murder trial has recused himself after allegations of impropriety.

Anthony's defense filed a motion Friday requesting that Judge Stan Strickland be disqualified from the case. On Monday, Strickland signed an order to disqualify. chief Judge Belvin Perry will take over the case.

Strickland commented on his decision in his order to disqualify.

"Defense counsel, who has been aware of the Court's brief discussion with the blogger/journalist for many months now, seems to have only recently lost confidence in the Court's ability to be fair and impartial," Strickland wrote.

Strickland said that if he did not step down, allegations of wrongdoing could be renewed each time he turned down a motion from the defense.

"The cumulative effect will be to elevate an otherwise meaningless situation into a genuine appellate issue," Strickland wrote.

After mentioning the defense's countless television appearances, Strickland added on final note before granting the motion to disqualify.

"At its core, defense counsel's motion accuses the undersigned (Strickland) of being a 'self-aggrandizing media hound. Indeed. The irony is rich," Strickland wrote.

In the original motion, Anthony's defense team alleged that Strickland struck up an inappropriate relationship with a blogger known as "Marinade Dave."

"The defendant, Casey Marie Anthony, reasonably fears that she will not receive a fair trial because of the conduct and apparent prejudice and bias of the judge," the motion said.

The motion alleges that Strickland contacted Dave Knechel, also known as "Marinade Dave," through his blog and eventually by phone and developed a passing, yet personal relationship with him, but did not disclose the relationship to the defense.

The motion said Strickland acknowledged Knechel after a hearing in October and Strickland praised Knechel's writing on the case.

According to the defense, Knechel has blogged about the murder case against Anthony on several occasions, including blogs titled "Casey Anthony must die!" and "Caylee's murder: Premeditated and pretty stupid, too."

The defense said Knechel told them Strickland told him, "I got to tell you, you've got the best blog going out there. You've got the best one, really fair."

"Judge Strickland's endorsement of Mr. Knechel's blog is evidence of Judge Strickland's own pro-prosecution slant in this case," the motion said.

The defense said Knechel's blog is pro-prosecution and portrays Anthony in a negative light, while praising Strickland for his "wise decisions."

Knechel spoke to Local 6 Friday evening.

"The fact that he's a nice guy proves he's going to be a fair judge," Knechel said. "I think what the defense is looking for -- they're on a fishing expedition."

Anthony is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee.

Caylee was 2 years old when she was reported missing in July 2008. Her remains were found in December 2008.