WARREN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Jury selection is complete for the trial of a Middletown man who is accused of is killing Warren County Deputy Sgt. Brian Dulle. Ten women, two men, one female alternate and one male alternate have been chosen.
On May 10, 2011, police were pursuing a car driven by Marcus Isreal. Sgt. Dulle was putting out stop sticks when he was struck and killed instantly by the car Isreal was driving.
Clyde Bennett, who is representing Isreal, says his client has been excessively charged, but does not deny that the young man with a long rap sheet hit the deputy and killed him.
"He's 23 years old, facing life in prison for conduct I believe does not constitute murder," said Bennett. "I think he's responsible for Sergeant Dulle's death, but I don't think he's guilty of murder."
Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims spoke with FOX19 at an earlier court hearing, about how difficult this has been.
"As you can imagine there are a lot of people suffering... the Dulle family, the Warren County Sheriffs office family," said Sims.
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.
Bennett asked for a change of venue to move the trial out of Warren County, but the request was denied.
The jury is expected to be taken to the intersection of U.S. 42 and Utica Road to see firsthand where the crash took place.
Bennett tells FOX19 that Isreal is sorry for what he did.
The trial is expected to last about a week. Isreal faces the possibility of life in prison. Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty.
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