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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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  • 2011_range_day_2-19-10_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Thank God common sense prevailed and Officer Dorian is back home and back on the job.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    I used to be opposed to retired officers helping out defense attorneys and I always thought that the law enforcement associations I belonged to who prohibited defense work to belong was justified. Over the last few years, I have reviewed several cases of innocent people being charged with a crime, or being charged with different crimes than they did commit, including the arrest of my son. After 18 months of fighting a false arrest when no crime had actually been committed and going through the process of getting the arrest expunged ($11,000 to date) I now believe that a significant number of people are in fact not guilty and are often forced to take a deal because of financial issues and poor representation. Some of these prosecutors and my fellow police officers go well beyond reason to get the conviction at any cost regardless of the facts. This officer had to give up his privacy to overcome dubious evidence that was clearly being stretched by these irresponsible people. I find it insulting to state that the officer would have done the same thing if he were investigating the case. What a bunch of bull.

  • Jpd_new_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This isn't the first time SA Glasgow tried to charge a Police Officer incorrectly.

  • On_the_boat_max50


    over 4 years ago


    The prosecutor nmeeds to take a long hard look at other career choices if he continues to make gigantic erroprs like this one.

  • Stmaarten2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    :) im glad it wasnt him

  • John_groh_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Take a look at another artical on PL regarding this. "Cleared Ill. cop waited to provide alibi" It is total bull, they are trying to cover their behinds by saying it took too long for him to prove he had an alibi. If you real all the articals related to this, you will find that the suspect drove a white or tan pickup. The officers truck was Lt. Blue. The suspect is reported to be knowledgeable about raising honey bees. The Officer does not appear to have any knowledge on the subject and the investigators could find nothing that would indicate that he did. All they had was an eye witness and we all know that witnesses is not always right.

  • Jpd_new_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I hate to tell everyone I told you so, but........ too many here rushed to judgement just like our fine States Attorney. The same SA who will not file aggravated battery to PO charges when a Joliet Police Officer is assaulted. It is an election year, but SA Glasgow is not up for re-election. This will not be forgotten.

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    over 4 years ago


    Glad it wasn't him

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    over 4 years ago



  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    What a f***ing nightmare for Officer Dorian and his family.
    BUMP RAMBO 911.

  • Me_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Mr. Glasgow's webpage suggest possible political ambition. Excerpted from his webpage:

    Will County State’s Attorney James W. Glasgow

    Will County State’s Attorney James W. Glasgow has a long and distinguished career during which he has implemented groundbreaking initiatives to investigate, prosecute and prevent crime.

    State’s Attorney Glasgow:

    Formed Will County’s first Gang Prosecution Unit and organized gang sweeps that reduced local gang shootings 40 percent in the 1990s and were featured on Peter Jennings’ World News Tonight.

    He pioneered Will County’s first Specialized Domestic Violence Court, which mandated abuser counseling to break the destructive cycle of violence.

    He obtained $1.5 million in federal funding to enable prosecutors, police and victim advocates to battle domestic violence.
    He purchased a new, ADA-accessible shuttle bus for use by the Veterans Assistance Commission of Will County to transport local veterans from Joliet to Hines VA Hospital where they receive necessary medical services. State’s Attorney Glasgow purchased the shuttle bus using money forfeited to the state by criminals.

    He formed a Financial Crimes Prosecution Unit to assist those who are the victims of financial exploitation, theft, identity theft or loan fraud with an emphasis on protecting senior citizens.
    He established the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center to stop child sexual predators in their tracks.

    He spearheaded the creation of the Will County Drug Court, which was selected as one of the top 10 programs in the nation after posting a 92 percent success rate.
    He collected more than $1.5 million for local businesses through the State’s Attorney’s Bad Check Restitution Program.
    He wrote the Animal Torture Statute, which created the first felony charge in Illinois for the abuse and torture of animals.
    He has authored several Gang Awareness and Prevention books, one of which was called “the primary primer on gangs” by the Chicago Tribune.

    And he formed a Crime Prevention Division that travels the county to educate citizens about gang violence, financial scams that target senior citizens, Internet safety and drug abuse prevention.
    State’s Attorney Glasgow received his Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois Law School in DeKalb, Illinois. He has been practicing law since 1981. He and his wife, Gina, are the proud parents of five children: four sons and a daughter. They also are the happy owners of a Great Dane and a Collie.

    He is serving his fourth term as Will County’s elected state’s attorney.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    James Glasgowis a no good POS! Anyway chance he gets to prosecute a cop he will take it, with or without evidence. It goes many years back with him trying to prosecute innocent cops, fortunitely he cannot control juries. James Glasgow also will not prosecute any assaults on law enforcement officers. This guy needs to go!

  • My_kids_027_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I'm just glad to hear that the truth was able to be brought out. The original article left entirely too many unanswered questions. I have always said if the evidence is not there don't try to make things fit. This man will have to live with the reputation of the officer that was arrested for murder for the rest of his life. These are not things thatt just go away. Officer Dorian should have told the prosecutor and investigators to take Sorry and stick it where the sun don't shine. Hopefully he decides to do what we all see he has the case to do.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    Second time this butt-head of a prosecutor has fouled up a good person's life !!! There is no way on God's green earth he should get a third opportunity !!!! Fire this incompetent moron immediately !!!!! Big thumbs up to the friends and family of Officer Dorian for standing by him !!!!!!

  • Img008_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Funny how the picture in this article shows a smiling officer Dorian, and the picture they used in the original story showed an officer that looked like a mass murderer. We all know that the press isn't biased so I guess it's just a coincidence.

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