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Oct 13, 2010 1:33 PM by Greg Boyce

Murder charge against cop dropped

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - Prosecutors have formally dropped a first-degree murder charge against a small-town police officer accused of shootings along the Illinois-Indiana border that killed one man and wounded two.

Brian Dorian showed little emotion at a 5-minute hearing in Joliet where a judge dismissed the charge. Authorities had announced the day before that Dorian was being released after authorities uncovered evidence that showed he was at his house during the first shooting.

The 37-year-old officer didn't speak Wednesday. His friend and fellow Lynwood police officer, Tim Smith, says Dorian is upset but happy to be free. Smith adds Dorian will be scarred by the ordeal.  Prosecutors say they are pursuing other leads, although they did not elaborate.

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