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Shooting-spree charges dropped against police officer

Two-state alibi of accused "honey bee killer" verified.
Image: Brian Dorian
This Will County Sheriff's Office photo shows Brian Dorian, 37, when he was booked Friday. He was released Tuesday after charges were dropped against him in the "honey bee killer" case.Will County Sheriff via AP
/ Source: news services

A Lynwood, Ill., police officer accused of killing one man and wounding two others in a two-state shooting spree was released from jail Tuesday evening after his alibi was verified, NBC affiliate WMAQ of Chicago reported.

Brian Dorian's release came just five hours after he pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in the 'honey-bee killer' case in Will County court.

Before his release, he was taken to the Will County Sheriff Department’s investigations division in Joliet with his attorneys, Bob Odekirk and Dave Carlson.

They met with prosecutors and investigators, who were able to verify that Dorian, 37, was using his computer until at least 11 a.m. the day of the shootings, Odekirk said, according to the Joliet Herald-News.

"Throughout my career, I have never hesitated to act when we uncover exculpatory evidence without regard to public opinion or political pressure," said James Glasgow, Will County state’s attorney, at a news conference.

Rolando Alonso, 45, was killed and Josh Garza, 19, was severely injured in the shooting Oct. 5 at a construction site near Beecher. The same gunman is believed to have then driven to Lowell, Ind., where he shot farmer Keith Dahl.

Dorian had been held since Friday on $2.5 million bail after a two-day manhunt for a disheveled gunman who had approached his victims and asked about honey bees or construction material before pulling a gun.

Earlier Tuesday, appearing via a video link from jail, a grim-looking Dorian, 37, frowned into the camera at his first court appearance. Flanked by two officers and his wrists handcuffed, Dorian did not speak. An attorney entered the not guilty plea on his behalf to one count of first-degree murder.

More than 30 supporters — relatives, friends and fellow police officers — filled the courtroom benches, some wearing "Free Brian" T-shirts while others wore shirts with the logo for the Boston Red Sox, Dorian's favorite team. Several wept as Dorian appeared on a monitor.