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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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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    BIG BUMP TO NitroIce

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Apology my @$$!!! Get ready Mr. Prosecutor, it's gonna be a rough, expensive ride!

  • 70748_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Sounds like the prosecutor and the SO jumped the gun without fully investigating the murder and attempted murder. I couldn’t imagine being arrested for murder without any evidence. Dorian just happened to be driving a pickup that didn’t even come close to the description of the suspect. I’m curious if the witness/victim was coached after they arrested Dorian. Dorian has a strong case to sue especially since Glasgow dropped murder charges on an innocent person before.

  • Charger_pd_max50


    over 3 years ago


    sue the prosecuter and get your job back!

  • Nys_omh_police_max160_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Dorian should sue the pants off of the prosecutor!

  • Imagesca4xarl3gatekeeper911_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Thank GOD Officer Dorian was cleared, Now Find the Real Killer before he Kills again!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Not only a LEO... Anyone for that matter...!
    How could this prosecutor follow up with charges with almost no evidence in the first place...???
    Then... They have the "computer alibi"...?
    This whole case is just beyond me.

  • Pict0024b_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Glad to see Officer Dorian go free. One really sad part of this story is his reputation has already been damaged and it will not be easy to repair it.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    ill taze u bro - I think the more likely reason was probably the stellar prosecutor ignored any misgivings about Officer Dorian's involvement that the investigators had in his rush to get some press for getting a killer off the streets. Time will tell how the investigation unfolded because it will come out at some point.

  • Female_bodysurfer_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Officer Dorian is cleared, but justice has yet to be served. The deranged killer is still roaming free among us.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    what a travesty of justice

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Go ahead and make yourself feel better Attorney Glasgow by saying that Officer Dorian would have done the same thing if he was in your shoes. I highly doubt that Officer Dorian would have arrested someone without doing a full investigation. Your office apparently bungled this investigation, victimized the victims by giving them false hope that the real killer was caught and did a number on the reputation & credibility of a good cop, who by the virtue of your actions will always be "the killer cop."

    Nothing you can do or say will change that you are an incompetent, show boat of a prosecutor thanks to this incident. By the way, do you realize the collateral damage you have done to Illinois law enforcement in general by the slipshod way you handled this investigation? Great job! Now how about pulling your head out of the rectum and doing your job, go find and prosecute the real killer.

  • Cot_max50


    over 3 years ago


    only evidence was a lineup?? and then what clears him is that someone was on a computer at his residence?? oh boy!

  • Img_0003_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I always say the public should not pass judgement so fast, because it made the News. They twist, slant, bend the truth all the time. In this case they obviously went by what the prosecutors/investigating agency said, but because it was a LEO they ran with it. Glad he was cleared, and hoped he really didn't have anything to do with it.

  • Bearcat_smoke-rgb_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Glad to see they cleared Officer Dorian.

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