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Charges formally dropped against Lynwood cop

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Brian Dorian arrives at the Will County Courthouse in a steady rain and a crush of reporters for a hearing where murder charges were formally dropped. At right is his attorney Bob O'Derek.

It took less than a minute Wednesday to dismiss the murder charge that could have sent Lynwood police officer Brian Dorian to prison for up to 60 years.

But attorneys for Dorian, 37, said he remains devastated by his arrest and the first-degree murder charge that was filed against him.

"This crushes him, it absolutely crushes him. He will never be the same because of this,'' attorney David Carlson said after the court hearing that absolved him of any connection to a bizarre, still unsolved two-state shooting spree last week.

Dorian said nothing as Will County prosecutors told Judge Richard Schoenstedt they were dropping the first-degree murder count filed in the Oct. 5 shooting of construction worker Rolando Alonso. Dorian also didn't address a throng of reporters outside.

But as his mother left the courthouse after Dorian was freed, she ripped authorities.

"They should find the real killer,'' Diane Dorian said, surrounded by her son's supporters.

The scene was so tense outside that the father of one of Brian Dorian's friends - Dennis Moran, 68, of Crown Point Ind. - was charged with misdemeanor battery after he allegedly slugged an NBC5 News cameraman.

Later, outside her Lansing home, Diane Dorian said she and her son were "beyond exhausted'' but very appreciative of the all the support he received.

"Brian does want to thank everyone. He's very grateful. That's how Brian is - he wants to talk to the people who were there for him and he wants to thank all his supporters. But right now, where we're at is, he needs to get some rest.''

Close friend Tom Moran, who has known Dorian since first grade, said Dorian is "glad that he's finally free. He sounds, looks and feels a lot better."

While Dorian didn't speak publicly, his attorneys had harsh words for Will County authorities. They said they rushed his arrest without fully checking his alibi.

"To go ahead and arrest him and charge him was outrageous,'' said attorney Bob O'Dekirk.

Dorian had told authorities he was using his home computer on the morning when Alonso was gunned down as he rehabbed a house near rural Beecher. He also told police he had gone shopping, visited a friend and went to his mother's house, O'Dekirk said.

"There were too many holes in what they had and there were too many indications that they had the wrong guy,'' O'Dekirk said.

A spokesman for Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow defended the decision to charge Dorian with Alonso's murder.

"All the evidence at the time of this arrest pointed toward this individual,'' spokesman Charles Pelkie said.

Glasgow - who wasn't in court Wednesday - and Will County Sheriff Paul Kaupas earlier had said that one of Alonso's co-workers initially identified Dorian in a photo lineup and in a personal lineup and said the gunman was driving a pickup similar to one owned by Dorian.

But their opinion changed after Dorian provided additional information Tuesday about what he had been doing on the day of the slayings, including the websites he had visited around the time of the Beecher shootings.

"He provided sufficient, specific and detailed information that enabled us to dismiss the case,'' Pelkie said.

But Carlson called the decision to charge Dorian "a knee-jerk reaction'' to the photo identification and said authorities focused too intently on trying to tie Dorian to the shootings afterward.

"Instead of looking for the guy who murdered this man, they were trying to put this case together,'' Carlson said. "It was the tail wagging the dog.''

And he bristled at Glasgow's contention Tuesday that the evidence initially pointed so strongly towards Dorian that even the Lynwood cop would have sought charges in the case.

"I am 100 percent sure that Brian Dorian would not have asked for charges on a case at the time the state's attorney's office allowed charges to go through,'' Carlson said.

Carlson also scoffed at Glasgow's claim that he made the call to free Dorian "without regard to public opinion or political pressure."

"You can't make the problem, clean it up and act like a hero," he said.

Contributing: Mark Konkol, Kim Janssen, Post-Tribune, Herald-News