District Attorney To Seek Death Penalty In Doran Fire Case

District Attorney To Seek Death Penalty In Doran Fire Case Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 11 March 2015 04:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - District Attorney Ben David will seek the death penalty for Marshal Doran who was indicted on numerous counts in February 2015 including two counts of first-degree murder in connection to a condominium fire that took the lives of two Carolina Beach residents on December 6th, 2014.
David's office was informed Doran will plead not guilty. Doran's attorneys were granted a continuance of the capital punishment hearing by the judge. They are waiting for forensic tests to be completed at the State Crime Lab.
No date was given for when Doran's case will make it to court.
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.
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.
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.

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