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Man indicted on 38 charges in fatal condo fires at Carolina Beach

Posted February 2, 2015

Marshall Doran

— A New Hanover County grand jury on Monday indicted a Kure Beach man on more than three dozen charges, including two counts of first-degree murder, in connection with a series of condominium fires at Carolina Beach in December.

Police arrested Marshall Hudson Doran, 22, on Dec. 7 on an attempted burglary charge and later charged him in connection with the early-morning fires, which killed two women and destroyed 12 beachfront condominiums along a stretch of Carolina Beach Avenue South.

Investigators have not commented on a motive for the alleged crimes.

In addition to two counts of murder, Doran was indicted on 36 other charges:

  • 11 counts of attempted first-degree murder
  • 10 counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill
  • 1 count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury
  • 2 counts of first-degree arson
  • 3 counts of breaking or entering a motor vehicle
  • 1 count of larceny after breaking or entering a motor vehicle
  • 3 counts of cruelty to animals
  • 3 counts of burning of personal property
  • 2 counts of misdemeanor larceny

Prosecutors have not indicated if they plan to seek the death penalty.

In addition to the charges in New Hanover County, Doran faces several in Wake County, where he was arrested last February in the hit-and-run deaths of two men helping a stranded motorist on Interstate 40.

Charges in that case, including felony death by motor vehicle, hit-and-run and impaired driving, are still pending.


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  • monami Feb 7, 2015

    His parents need to stop enabling him. He's too dangerous to be out of prison. He's had too many chances already.

  • peterk1970 Feb 4, 2015

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    So the razor wire, guard towers, and bars are to keep us from enjoying the good life?

  • Fredrick Bimmell Feb 3, 2015

    Time to wash our hands of this lowlife and move on. No rehabilitation or special program is going to magically make this one a productive member of society. DUI, run over 2 people and not have the decency to stop. Just left them in the road to die while he drove off to hide in the woods. Then, while Mommy and Daddy get him out on bail, he breaks into cars, sets them on fire and watches the condos catch on fire while the people inside sleep. 2 more deaths at the hands of this monster.
    and Mommy and Daddy still try to get him the best lawyers their money can by to possibly get their lil' monster as reduced a sentence as possible. This kid deserves to be on Death Row

  • Jack Miller Feb 3, 2015
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    I am thinking now that his hitting two people on I-40 was no an accident after all.

  • Sean Creasy Feb 3, 2015
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    Another example of our legal system failing to protect us from people like this. If he hadn't been released from jail after killing the two people he ran over on I-40 then ran away because he was driving drunk, he'd never had been able to kill again.

  • Fanny Chmelar Feb 2, 2015
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    Ah, nothing like stoking the flames of racism. Cute.

    Amazing this kid has 4 killings under his belt and he's only 22. Going to make a great girlfriend in jail, for sure.

  • Tammy Rush Feb 2, 2015
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    Yeah but they didn't kill anyone.

  • Edward Levy Feb 2, 2015
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    It is just to bad that we have this type of creature wiving here in society. He will spend the 50+ years at taxpayers expense. Food, medicine, TV, Internet, weight rooms, etc AMAZING !

  • liskm Feb 2, 2015

    Hopefully his path of destruction and self destruction has come to an end. Shame lives were lost during his experimental freedom to run wild and rampant at large.

  • Mary Boehm Feb 2, 2015
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    I know he made his parents proud. At least now they know where he is.