Murder charge added in Warren County deputy death

LEBANON, Oh - A Middletown man was accused of murder Friday in connection with the death of Warren County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Dulle on Tuesday.

That was one of nine charges against Marcus Anthony Isreal contained in an indictment returned by a Warren County Grand Jury.

Isreal originally was accused of involuntary manslaughter and failure to comply with the order of a police officer for Tuesday's high-speed chase and crash that claimed Sgt. Dulle's life.

However, Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said the investigation of the case determined that more charges were warranted.

The nine counts are…

  • COUNT #1 – Felony 1 - murder with a firearm specification
  • COUNT #2 – Felony 1 – involuntary manslaughter with a firearm specification
  • COUNT #3 – Felony 2 – aggravated vehicular homicide with a firearm specification
  • COUNT #4 – Felony 1 – felonious assault with a firearm specification
  • COUNT #5 – Felony 1 – felonious assault with a firearm specification
  • COUNT #6 – Felony 4 – receiving stolen property with a firearm specification
  • COUNT #7 – Felony 3 – failure to comply with the order of a police officer with a firearm specification
  • COUNT #8 – Felony 3 – having weapons under disability
  • COUN T #9 – Felony 3 – having weapons under disability

Fornshell said the case will be tried in Warren County and a Special Prosecutor will not be used in the case.

"We did not bring these charges with the intent to do a plea bargain," he added. "Those are charges that we felt were appropriate and therefore we presented them to the grand jury as such."

Asked why seven of the nine charges included a firearm specification,

Fornshell said it's because a handgun was found at the scene where the stolen 2001 Cadillac crashed.

"The allegation is at the time of the fleeing and eluding all the way through to the killing of Deputy Dully, that Mr. Isreal did have on or about his possession a firearm," he said. "Therefore, we added a firearm specification to all of those offenses that we allege occurred."

The weapons under disability charged stemmed from Israel's prior convictions on robbery and drug charges in Butler County.

If convicted on all the charges, Isreal could spend anywhere from 21½ to 37½ years in prison. However, Fornshell pointed out that the murder charge could bring a sentence of 15 years to life.

Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims said his deputies have been looking for positive things this week to begin the healing process and the indictments were one step toward that goal.

"It certainly is weighing on all of us," the Sheriff said of his "family." "You can see if on their faces and throughout the last several days."

Isreal remains jailed on a $1 million bond. On Thursday, he apologized for his actions to the Dulle family after his arraignment in Lebanon Municipal Court.

His next court appearance will be in Warren County Common Pleas Court to answer to the nine counts outlined in the indictment.

 

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