Doran Death Penalty Hearing Set For April 15th For Condo Fires

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By / Local News / Wednesday, 15 April 2015 04:00

UPDATE: District Attorney Ben David said in court Wednesday they will seek the death penalty for Doran. No trial date has been set.

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY - Marshal Hudson Doran, 22 of Kure Beach, NC, was indicted on multiple charges in connection to a December 6th, 2014 condominium fire that killed two people including two counts of first-degree murder following a grand jury hearing on Monday February 2,  in New Hanover County Court.
On Wednesday April 15th, Doran will be back in court for a Rule 24 hearing to determine whether or not he will be eligible to receive the death penalty. This type of hearing is a pretrial motion.
District Attorney Ben David's office was informed  in March that Doran will plead not guilty. Doran's attorneys were granted a continuance of the capital punishment hearing by the judge in March because they were waiting for forensic tests to be completed at the State Crime Lab.
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 December 8th. Police identified 43-year-old Darlene Ann Maslar and 72-year-old Mary Angeline Cochran as residents who lived in the building.
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.
One person identified Doran as a person seen starting a vehicle fire at one of the fire scenes that morning.
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.
No trial date has been set.

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