Middletown man apologizes for causing death of Warren County Deputy Sheriff

Marcus Isreal arraigned in Lebanon

LEBANON, Ohio - The Middletown man accused of causing the death of Warren County Deputy Sheriff Brian Dulle Thursday apologized for his actions.

"I just want to apologize to the victim's family," Marcus Anthony Isreal said after appearing in Lebanon Municipal Court. "I want to make sure his family is OK and I'm sorry for his loss."

Family members of Isreal echoed that sentiment as they left the courtroom. Outside, they caught a glimpse of him and shouted, "We love you, Marcus."

Isreal is charged with involuntary manslaughter and failure to comply with a police order for leading officers on a 10 minute chase and crash early Tuesday that reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

It started in Franklin when police said Isreal was driving a 2001 Cadillac with no taillights visible. The vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in Middletown.

The end came in a violent Turtlecreek Township crash as Sgt. Dulle was attempting to put stop sticks across Route 42 at Utica Road. He was killed instantly.

In asking for a high bond, Lebanon City Prosecutor Matt Graber read a list of charges previously filed against the 22-year-old Isreal, including drug possession, drug trafficking, robbery, attempted burglary, theft and domestic violence.

"We ask the court to find he's a flight risk and also an extreme danger to the public," Graber said, requesting a $1 million bond.

Judge Bogen agreed to the $1 million figure --- cash or surety. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for May 19th at 2:00 p.m., but it's not likely to be held.

That's because a Warren County Grand Jury will consider the case on Friday. Prosecutor David Fornshell said it's possible that additional charges could be filed against Isreal.

The indictments will be returned shortly after the annual Warren County Police Memorial Observance is held outside the Warren County Sheriff's Office.

The stone memorial there already contains Sgt. Dulle's name -- the first Warren County Deputy Sheriff killed in the line of duty in the department's history.

Visitation for Sgt. Dulle is scheduled for Friday night in Mason with the funeral Saturday at noon. Burial will follow in Lebanon.

Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims said a lot of people in the county are suffering emotionally right now, including the Dulle family and members of his department, whom he referred to as family as well.

"To deal with these types of things, we look for positives to start a healing process," he said. "The arrest and arraignment that just occurred is a very positive sign that we hope to use to lift spirits."

"We have a pretty tough next couple of days," Sheriff Sims added. "This will allow us to concentrate on providing respect and allow other people to provide the same in the next couple of days for services for Brian Dulle."

Also on Thursday, the Ohio Highway Patrol released a 12-second clip of video from the camera on board one of the cruisers involved in the pursuit.

It shows the vehicle traveling South on Route 42, the slowing down near Utica Road. The cruiser moves around another police vehicle at the scene of the crash and stops just short of the location where the 2001 Cadillac came to rest.

Isreal fled the scene on foot and was captured over four hours later.

It's hoped that release of the video might trigger people to call investigators with further information in the case.
 

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