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Suspect in deputy's death has bond raised to $2 million

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Marcus Isreal (Source: Butler County Jail) Marcus Isreal (Source: Butler County Jail)
LEBANON, OH (FOX19) -

The suspect accused of killing a Warren County Sheriff's Deputy is charged with murder and his bond has been raised to $2 million.

Investigators say Marcus Isreal hit and killed Sgt. Brian Dulle as the deputy was laying down stop sticks during a chase on May 10.

Sgt. Brian Dulle's father hugged Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims before sitting in court for the arraignment of his son's alleged killer.
 
"We want justice but there will be emotions even following this arraignment today," Sims said.

Isreal is charged with one count each of murder, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated vehicular homicide, receiving stolen property and failure to comply. He also was indicted on two counts each of felonious assault and weapons violation charges.

Sgt Dulle's wife, Abbie, was present for the hearing; family members also wore pins with Sgt. Dulle's picture.

Prosecutors  were pleased that the judge boosted Isreal's bond. 

 "And there's even a higher flight risk, after the initial appearance from last week, based upon the new indictment for murder so, we asked for an additional bond and obviously the court agreed with our assessment," said Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell.

Isreal's family left the courtroom without commenting. His attorney, Clyde Bennett, was emphatic that his client should not have been charged with murder, and he's not backing down in court.

"This is a case of young man that was fleeing from the police, and that accidentally ran into a police officer as a result of trying to escape nothing more, nothing less," Bennett said.
 
Bennett also says he's considering asking for a change of venue and a special prosecutor, to further ensure his client's case is handled objectively.
 
"There's an unfortunate, tragic death of a police officer, which is very unfortunate, however, that does not mean he should be prosecuted unfairly or unobjectively," Bennett said. 
 

Isreal is being held at the Butler County Jail, his next pre-trial hearing is set for June 10.

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