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Prosecutors to seek death penalty against suspect in fatal Carolina Beach condo fires

Posted March 10, 2015

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— New Hanover County prosecutors told a judge Tuesday that they plan to seek the death penalty 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 last month 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.

According to court calendars that case is scheduled to be back in court March 16.

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  • Mike C Mar 10, 2015
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    That was supposed to be $300 not #300

  • Mike C Mar 10, 2015
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    Actually, it costs the taxpayers over #300 per day per inmate on death row. Multiply that times 365, then by the number of years someone spends on death row. I think you will find execution to be by far the cheaper alternative.

  • Tom Smith Mar 10, 2015
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    oh no sir. I most certainly can prove that the death penalty is a deterrent. ted bundy stated numerous times that he would kill, kill and kill again if he were free. then they executed him. guess what he was deterred from doing? you see, the only argument that anti death penalty people have with any validity at all is that it does cost more to execute than it does to house for life. however, just like the soft cushy TP I prefer for my behind, I'm willing to pay a little extra. no one anywhere can prove that the death penalty is not a deterrent despite what they say. I don't want to pay for welfare, but the libs make me. so the libs can eat it and pay for the death penalty.

  • Todd Jenkins Mar 10, 2015
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    There's a direct correlation between people that support abortions and people that like the death penalty. All kill human lives.

  • Roy Hinkley Mar 10, 2015
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    Careful dismissing my suggestion.

    If you cannot prove it isn't, then you also cannot prove it is.

  • Tom Smith Mar 10, 2015
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    oh ok, so then you can't measure whether or not the death penalty is a deterrent. cities have fluctuations in their crime rates all of the time. any other ways some one can prove that the death penalty is not a deterrent?

  • Roy Hinkley Mar 10, 2015
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    Probably by looking for a decrease in the murder rate following the start (or resumption) of executions in a given state.

  • Tom Smith Mar 10, 2015
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    how do you measure a deterrent?

  • Charles Ratliff Mar 10, 2015
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    You do know that it costs many more millions to execute than it does to incarcerate don't you? Since it is all about money to you obviously.

  • Charles Ratliff Mar 10, 2015
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    The parents of Eve Carson, the UNC student body president who was murdered a few years ago stated at trial that they were 100% against the death penalty and that their murdered daughter was as well. I agree with them 100%. If I had a family member killed, killing the murderer doesn't bring them back. In fact, it just rewards savagery with more savagery.

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