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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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  • Thinker_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    One would think Investigators and Prosecutors would conduct a thorough investigation and have proper evidence before charging, arresting, and publically announcing the arrest of an LEO. I also thing the States Attorney owes more than just an "apology" to Officer Dorian. This Officer has had his reputation shattered along with possibly his career, not to mention what his family went through...

  • Crumb_passin_thru_02_1__max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Good that this officer was cleared. I would still like to see the details of the computer evidence supporting his alibi--just from a academic standpoint. While I personally believe that they made the right call this time, I worry when electronic evidence is used.

    You can tell if a computer was used and when, but generally not who used it with any amount of certainty unless you have other corroborating evidence. They did corroborate the electronic evidence that certainly suggests he was the user--but even then, very easy-to-use remote access software (GoToMyPC, for example) is now widely available. I'm confident that they eliminated these factors in this case, but does every department have access to a trained computer forensics technician?

  • Cuffs_badge_gun_1__max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Bad work. They should pay him 10 times his normal hourly pay for every one he spent in jail. I hope this will not have any lasting negative effects on his career.

  • 100_0214_max600_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I am glad to see Officer Dorian cleared.

  • Gas_mask_1_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    This really upsets me, especially after knowledge of prior shoddy police/prosecutor work involving Kevin and Riley Fox. The clowns running that show need to be permanantly removed from office and official positions before they have the opportunity to ruin even more lives over false imprisonment/convitions!

    Thank God the innocent have been relieved. Hopefully everyone mentally recovers and repairs reputational damages.

  • Tieton_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Shotty Police work and overzealous prosecutors, glad it was figured out before an innocent man was convicted.

  • Marinesegaiwoblues1024x768_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    So the witness and authorities jumped to conclusions and ruined a man's life and possibly career? I wouldn't be surprised if Officer Dorian retaliated with a lawsuit. Good to know though, that justice did prevail and he was cleared.

  • Iii_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Did the detectives forget that the worse kind of evidence is eye witness testimony?

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Glad to see that Officer Dorian was cleared.

  • Cpusey-001_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I am glad to see that Officer Dorian was cleared as well. My only question is whether he will remain int eh profession or has the wrongfully filed charges ruined his professional reputation.

  • John_groh_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Glad Officer Dorian was cleared. Sounds llike another like a prosecuter jumped the gun looking for headlines.

  • Motor_cop_comic_max160_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    So, wow, how do you manage to make such a mess? Jumping to conclusions, incomplete investigations, geez! I sure am glad that this officer has friends who stood by him! What a mess!

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