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IL Officer Cleared of 'Honeybee' Murder Charges

IL Officer Cleared of 'Honeybee' Murder Charges

Attorneys say prosecutors are expected to drop charges against Lynwood Police Officer Brian Dorian in the two-state shooting spree that left one man dead and two injured. [Personal Photo]

Chicago Tribune via Yellowbrix

October 13, 2010

WILL COUNTY, IL – Admitting they arrested the wrong man, Will County authorities abruptly announced late Tuesday they will drop the murder charge filed against Lynwood Police Officer Brian Dorian.

The stunning announcement came four days after a similarly stunning announcement from the same authorities — that a suburban cop was the man who randomly shot three people near the Illinois/Indiana border.

But evidence recovered from Dorian’s personal computer showed he was at his Crete Township home at the start of the Oct. 5 shooting spree that left a construction worker dead outside rural Beecher in Will County, officials said.

“It would have been physically impossible for Brian Dorian to have committed this crime,” Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow said during a hastily called news conference only hours after Dorian appeared in court.

He offered an apology to the veteran cop who had pleaded not guilty in the fatal shooting of Rolando Alonso, 45, a father of 10.

“This is a terribly tragic case,” Glasgow said. “I feel horrible that Brian Dorian went through this. And I certainly would apologize for any inconvenience he has suffered.

“But at the same time, he’s a police officer. And if he were in our shoes and he had a suspect under these circumstances, Brian Dorian would have acted the same way.”

An uninjured survivor of the shooting identified Dorian as the gunman in a photo lineup and then in a personal lineup, Glasgow said.

“The circumstantial evidence in this case was uncanny,” he said.

Dorian, 37, was released late Tuesday from the Will County Jail on a recognizance bond that required him to post no cash. He is scheduled to return to court today so prosecutors can formally drop the murder charge.

His mother, Diane, said she’s relieved her son is out of jail and thanked all those who had supported him, including the Lynwood police. “The truth has come out and Brian is released,” she said. “He is doing as well as can be expected. He’s relieved. He’s tired.”

Defense attorney David Carlson said Dorian is concerned because a killer is still on the loose. “This has been eating him alive that he’s being prosecuted for this,” he said.

The admission by Glasgow and Will County Sheriff Paul Kaupas that they locked up the wrong man means a gunman that officials have called “mentally unstable” remains free. Police launched an intensive manhunt for the gunman last week and distributed two sketches.

Dorian was arrested Friday after authorities concluded he was the one responsible for the two shootings in Illinois and Indiana in which Alonso was killed and two others were seriously wounded. Dorian’s friends and family immediately said police had the wrong man. Dozens of his supporters packed the hearing Tuesday, some wearing “Free Brian” T-shirts.

In announcing Dorian’s arrest, Glasgow had described the arrest of a seemingly rogue cop as a “nightmare.” “It’s always law enforcement’s worst nightmare when someone within the law enforcement community chooses to break the law,” he said.

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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    Good..Back on the job....

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    Ahi

    almost 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    glad to see he was cleared

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    RANGER_ONE_TX

    almost 4 years ago

    4610 Comments

    I wish the best for Officer Dorian. Hopefully Brian can be back "On The Job" real soon !!!
    All good Police Officers like Brain he will put it all behind him and let Real Justice will Prevail.
    As for overzealous prosecutors let the chips fall where they may...

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    ksphatcop

    almost 4 years ago

    1744 Comments

    Very happy to see these charges dropped. Hopefully his reputation is not screwed up so badly that he cant get back to work because of this.

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    mrdsmd

    almost 4 years ago

    26 Comments

    Praise God!

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    keko3006

    almost 4 years ago

    124 Comments

    I WANT TO APOLOGIZE TO BRIAN WHEN I SEE HIM, THE INFORMATION WE RECIEVED IN CAL CITY CAME FROM A WILL COUNTY DETECTIVE WORKING THIS CASE...SEEMS HE DIDNT REALLY EVEN KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON WITHIN HIS OWN UNIT...AND FOR THE STATE'S ATTORNEY, I BELIEVE THE FRYING PAN IS THE ONLY PLACE FOR HIM...I BEEN DOWN A SIMULIAR ROAD AND WAS EXHONERATED....ITS TIME TO GET PAID BRIAN....BUT IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT THE MONEY....IT'S A GRAVE INJUSTICE....

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    Lawful_Blue

    almost 4 years ago

    1184 Comments

    Glasgow you can go eat ____ . Other than that, thank God this nightmare is over.

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    436

    almost 4 years ago

    574 Comments

    I have NEVER arrested anyone with only one eyewitness account and a possible vehicle description. We all know how unreliable eyewitnesses are in their recollections. Good to hear that this is getting resolved. Now go catch the real killer!!!

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    shield20

    almost 4 years ago

    82 Comments

    Did the press jump on this as hard as they did when he was wrongfully arrested? Doubtful. The prosecutors should have done their homework FIRST. Calling him a "rogue cop" and "nightmare" and then just saying, "Oops, we made a mistake" doesn't do anything for Officer Dorian who was forced to endure this. Now, regardless of the fact that they dropped charges, his reputation has been smeared. Unbelievable.

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    Tommy_Gentry

    almost 4 years ago

    144 Comments

    I hope he sues the hell outta the prosecutor and company, and gets enough that he'll never have to police again in that area. Imagine the hell he heard coming from others while incarcerated, once the prisoners found out an officer was locked up.

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    IamQnMutha

    almost 4 years ago

    572 Comments

    Amen Pete114....and I'm surprised and disappointed at some of those here who jumped on the "Fry Brian" bandwagon

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    Maj_Ronzheimer

    almost 4 years ago

    46 Comments

    Thank God Brian was cleared of those charges!. I wish the best for Officer Dorian and I am so glad he has come through this in one piece. Now to get that scum bag hunted down and off the streets. I wish the best for Brian and his family!
    God Bless you Brian.

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    radarcop

    almost 4 years ago

    254 Comments

    I have heard of circumstatial evidence but please lets be reasonable one person says its him and there is nothing else or everything else says ni it;s not him! I agree with Sgt 43 also get a competent prosecutor - this is what happens when you don;t let the POLICE handle the investigation - if the police would have presented this type of evidence - everyone would have said this is nit enough what else do you have? Officer Dorian I am glad you had the support of your fellow officers and not everybody jumping on the wagon saying it's true. Good luck with the rest of your career I am sure it will be the topic of many choir practices

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    chiefkcr

    almost 4 years ago

    3614 Comments

    SGT43 is RIGHT !

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    SGT43

    almost 4 years ago

    332 Comments

    This town obviously needs a new and competent prosecutor!

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