Man indicted on 38 charges in fatal condo fires at Carolina Beach
Posted February 2, 2015
Wilmington, N.C. — 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.