Doran Indicted By Grand Jury For Dec. 6th Condo Fires

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By / Local News / Wednesday, 04 February 2015 05:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - Marshal Hudson Doran, 22 of Kure Beach, NC, was indicted on multiple charges including two counts of first-degree murder following a grand jury hearing on Monday February 2,  in New Hanover County Court.
Doran was charged with two counts of first-degree murder on December 11th for the deaths of two people in a 12-unit condominium fire on December 6th, 2014 in Carolina Beach.
The identities of the two Carolina Beach residents found in the aftermath of the Sands IV 12-unit condo building at 409 Carolina Beach Avenue South that was consumed by fire in the early morning hours of December 6th, were confirmed following an autopsy conducted Monday December 8th. Police identified 43-year-old Darlene Ann Maslar and 72-year-old Mary Angeline Cochran as residents who lived in the building.
A press conference was held Sunday December 7th. District Attorney Ben David announced that 22-year-old Marshal Hudson Doran of Kure Beach was initially arrested for First Degree Attempted Burglary and was a person of interest in the investigation of three fires that occurred early Saturday morning, December 6th. Doran made his first appearance in court Monday December 8th and continued to be held at the New Hanover County Detention Center under a $2.5 million dollar bond.
Firefighters responded to a total of three fires that morning. Two on Carolina Beach Avenue South and another at the Sea Ranch Motel in Carolina Beach. The first started sometime around 2am at an oceanfront Sands IV 12-unit condo building at 409 Carolina Beach Avenue South. Then another several blocks south of the first fire at an oceanfront 12-unit condo building at 811 Carolina Beach Avenue South called Blue Water. Then farther south at the Sea Ranch Motel at 1123 South Lake Park Blvd.
Police arrested Doran that morning following the fires and charged him with attempted first-degree burglary at 611 Carolina Beach Avenue South. There were no reports of fire at that property.
David said the investigation is ongoing and more details will be released as the case goes through the judicial system. He pointed out that intentionally starting a fire resulting in a person’s death is first-degree murder in North Carolina.
Doran was charged earlier in 2014 with two counts of felony death by motor vehicle when two people died in a hit and run incident on I-40 in Wake County, NC. Those charges were later reduced to second-degree murder. He was out on bond awaiting trial in Wake County. He was also charged in that incident with driving impaired and felony drug possession in addition to resisting arrest.
On February 2nd, a grand jury indicted Doran on the following charges:
• 2 Counts of First degree murder.
• 11 counts of Attempted First degree Murder.
• 10 Counts of Assault With A Deadly Weapon With Intent To Kill.
• 1 count Assault With A Deadly Weapon With Intent To Kill Inflicting Serious Injury.
• 2 counts First Degree Arson.
• 3 Counts Breaking or entering a Motor Vehicle.
• 1 count Larceny after breaking or entering a Motor Vehicle.
• 3 counts Cruelty to Animals for the deaths of pets killed in the fire.
• 3 counts Burning of personal property.
• 2 counts of Misdemeanor Larceny.
Copies of the indictments were not available at press time and will be available later this week once superior court clerks have had time to process the paperwork.
No future court dates are available at this time.
Doran recently switched from his court appointed attorney to the same attorney handling his case in Wake County.
During the fires early morning December 6th, the area looked like a war zone with the occasional sound of car tires and gas tanks in vehicles rupturing. While firefighters worked to control the first condo fire at 409 Carolina Beach Avenue South, power transformers were popping and large pieces of the structure were falling to the roadway below. As firefighters worked to control the blaze and stop it from spreading to adjacent multifamily buildings, someone announced there was another fire nearby. The mood among firefighters and crowds watching from nearby was one of disbelief.
Carolina Beach resident Vic Gore was headed home after watching the first fire and came across a man setting a van on fire at 811 Carolina Beach Avenue South. On the 911 recording of Gore's call, Gore said, "This kid just left and he was burning it up" and, "Some kid was just in this van and setting it on fire. He went out on the beach and he's running north along the berm."
Gore told the 911 operator, "We got to get these people out of the buildings here. I'm going to start knocking on doors."
He said, "I'm trying to get these people awake here. I saw a kid lighting it."
He said, "I pulled up on him while he was striking the damn thing. He's a young guy with like a tan shirt on." He described him as a young white
male. He said, "It's going to catch this building on fire if you don't hurry."
Gore met with detectives and positively identified the man he saw running from the vehicle fire at 811 Carolina Beach Avenue South.
A man living in a condo at 811 Carolina Beach Avenue South called 911 to report a car on fire with flames spreading to the building. He was with his baby child and wife. They and other residents made it safely out of the building.
Police officers at that time were searching the area on foot for a suspect seen running along the beachfront. Then officers rushed to South Lake Park Blvd because of a report that an individual was running down that road headed south. Shortly after that, word of another fire at the Sea Ranch Motel was announced.
A firefighter used the public address system on the fire truck to alert people to evacuate the second condo building as smoke and flames crept closer and started running up the outside wall.
Residents gathered with their pets across the street. Residents were directed to walk north to a Town parking lot where a command center was organized.
The Red Cross set up a tent and began passing out blankets and water to residents who sat on nearby curbs and bumpers of ambulances waiting for more information from authorities. Detectives with the Carolina Beach Police Department were speaking with witnesses throughout the morning gathering statements.
Fire Chief Alan Griffin coordinated with other fire departments from Kure Beach, the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County and even a departments from as far away as neighboring Pender and Brunswick Counties.
One important factor that helped firefighters control the fires was the lack of ocean-breeze or strong winds. The air was largely calm.


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