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Man charged in fatal Carolina Beach fires could face death penalty

Posted April 15, 2015

Marshall Doran

— A Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that prosecutors could pursue capital punishment against a man accused in a series of Carolina Beach condominium fires that killed two people.

Marshall Hudson Doran, 22, of Kure Beach, was indicted in February on more than three dozen charges, including two counts of first-degree murder in the Dec. 7 fires that killed Darlene Ann Maslar, 43, and Mary Angeline Cochran, 72, and destroyed 12 beachfront condominiums.

Investigators haven't commented on a motive for the fires.

Among the other charges, Doran also faces 11 counts of attempted first-degree murder, 10 counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, two counts of first-degree arson and three counts of cruelty to animals.

In addition to the New Hanover County charges, Doran faces two counts of felony death by motor vehicle in Wake County, where he was arrested in February 2014 in the hit-and-run deaths of two men helping a stranded motorist on Interstate 40.


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  • Dominic Leuci Apr 15, 2015
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    I am not a huge fan of capital punishment but this guy's record leave little other option... from what has been said in the news he obviously can't be left to just roam around after killing 4 people in ways that were negligent at best. If a person is found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of a blatant disregard for human life I have tried but fail to understand how it is more humane to sentence that person to spend the next 50+ years in prison with no possibility of getting out rather than just sentencing them to death.

  • Edward Levy Apr 15, 2015
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    I agree with YOU, Chris Vet. Who was the last person executed in North Carolina!.
    By the way, was the MURDER premeditated?
    Oh, either way, I would like to see Capital murderers die by the same method that the committed their crime. We have states that do not have a death penalty. Why bother listing all of the other charges, since the worst of them is Capital murders. If he is convicted of ALL charges, he could be sentenced to more years then Bernie Madoff. With each charge on his listing, I guess over 450 years, and with time served after he is tried and all appeals are used up it might come out to a bit more then 402 years

  • Chris Vet Apr 15, 2015
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    oh what a bunch of nonsense-- this state won't put someone to death