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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

Though the same gunman was suspected of carrying out both shootings, Dorian wasn’t charged with wounding the other two men — both of whom remain hospitalized.

The charge against Dorian unraveled after intensive tests of his computer indicated it was being used about the time of the 10:30 a.m. killing on Oct. 5, Glasgow said.

Questioned by authorities after his Tuesday court appearance, Dorian was able to tell them what sites he had visited on his computer around the time of the killing. “He verified the websites he was on,” Kaupas said.

Meanwhile, Dorian’s childhood friend Tom Moran said he spoke with Dorian by phone shortly before Dorian was supposedly in Lowell, Ind., on Oct. 5. And Dorian then came by Moran’s home in St. John, Ind., to drink coffee shortly after.

“We talked for a little bit and then he took off,” Moran said, adding that they talked about the Boston Red Sox and Dorian’s planned trip to Iowa.

The information about Dorian’s online presence prompted authorities to agree to drop the murder charge, though Glasgow said investigators were always open to the possibility that Dorian was not the gunman.

He added that Dorian should “thank God for computer technology.”

“Without that, our timeline still fits in this case,” Glasgow said.

After last week’s shootings, officers in the area stopped every pickup truck that matched the description of the shooter’s. Dorian’s truck wasn’t an exact match. Police had said the gunman drove a white or light gray pickup — possibly a 1995 to 1998 Chevy Cheyenne. But Dorian owns a light blue 1992 Chevy pickup.

Witnesses also said the killer had talked about honey bees with his alleged victims before shooting them. But investigators admitted they found no signs at his home that Dorian was interested in raising bees.

And Dorian had earlier proclaimed his innocence in a Facebook posting four hours after the spree ended: “I got pulled over in Schererville and ordered out at gunpoint because I matched this lunatic’s description. I definately (sic) don’t like being on the other side of gun barrels being pointed at me!’’

Dorian’s father, John, who last week said “my son would never do this,” was furious at the state’s attorney Tuesday.

“They ought to prosecute [Glasgow] and put him behind bars,” John Dorian said. “How can you arrest somebody for nothing? . . .For a policeman to be innocent and put behind bars and have a person — Glasgow — say on TV . . .he is the shooter — that’s defamation of character, number one. Number two, that’s false arrest. You pick up someone on the street for driving a pickup truck?”

The decision to drop the murder charge recalls the move Glasgow made in 2005 to drop a murder charge against Kevin Fox of Wilmington, who was jailed and awaiting trial on charges he killed his 3-year-old daughter, Riley.

Lynwood Mayor Gene Williams said he thought authorities were “jumping to conclusions” about Dorian. “I know Brian too. This was a hard thing to believe. I knew this did not make sense,” he said.

Lynwood village trustee Tim Dunlap, who knows Dorian, said, “It doesn’t fit. It never did fit.

“I’m very sorry Brian had to go through this. I’m sorry for the families involved,” Dunlap said at Benny’s Place, a tavern where Dorian supporters had gathered on in recent nights.

Dunlap and Williams both worried that the gunman is still on the loose.

“I hope they find this madman, but not at the expense of someone who didn’t do it,” Williams said.

Contributing: John K. Ryan, Steve Metsch, Mike Nolan, Joe Biesk, Jon Seidel, AP


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    revCCBeasley

    almost 4 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

    578 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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