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Person of interest in fatal Carolina Beach fires previously charged in Raleigh fatal hit-and-run

Posted December 7, 2014

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— A Kure beach man has been named a person of interest in connection with three fires at Carolina Beach that killed two people Saturday. The 22-year-old was previously charged in a fatal hit-and-run in Raleigh in February.

Marshall Hudson Doran, of 740 Fort Fisher Blvd., was being held in the New Hanover County jail on a $2.5 million bond. He was charged with attempted burglary.

Investigators say a beach-front condominium was destroyed Saturday morning. A second fire, about a half-mile away, heavily damaged another building. A car was also set on fire. Authorities did not release details about the two people who were killed.

Doran was previously arrested in February after a fatal hit-and-run on Interstate 40 near Garner. Authorities said he failed to stop after he hit and killed two men on the shoulder of the highway as he tried to avoid a truck that had spun out in the snow.

Doran was traveling 60 mph on the snow and ice covered road when he hit and killed Nathaniel Williams, 34, of Hope Mills and Larry Kepley, 39, of Winston-Salem, with his Volvo station wagon, according to the wreck report.

After hitting the two men, Doran kept traveling east, taking out a traffic sign, according to investigators. He was later found in a wooded area on the interstate near Lake Wheeler Road.


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  • Alexia Terbeck Dec 8, 2014
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    There was more than one story. Look at the story with over 90 comments. As I recall some of the comments were quite specific quoting information not released to the media, ie, prescription medication types and amounts. Same thing happened on other sites as well.

  • Kathy Sanders Dec 8, 2014
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    I'm certainly not defending him, but so far in this case he's only named as a person of interest, and as of the noon news, has not been charged with setting the fatal fires.

  • Barbara Sossomon Dec 8, 2014
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    This guy has killed 4 people. Maybe the judge he sees this morning will see that he stay in JAIL!

  • jackaroe123 Dec 8, 2014

    Let's not pretend anyone other than Mr. Doran is responsible for this (if convicted) or that it is really that unreasonable for him to be out on bond. If it is presumed that the hit-and-run was an accident compounded by the criminally negligent decision to leave the scene, there was no reason to suspect or foretell he might do something like this. It's revisionist history and Monday morning quarterbacking to say otherwise.

  • Nan Toppin Dec 8, 2014
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    please like "Pleasure Island Fire Relief Fund" on facebook and follow the site to see how you can help. Multiple families were displaced by the fires and lost their homes, all belongings and vehicles. Thanks for your support!

  • diana123 Dec 8, 2014

    how did he get out on bail from the hit and run? most people don't have the dough to do that.

  • Glock07 Dec 8, 2014

    Our Justice system is equally responsible for these 2 deaths.

  • monami Dec 8, 2014

    Why is there any bond? He has (allegedly) killed 4 people within this year! He's too dangerous to be out of jail. How tragic that he was out of jail after he ran from police after killing two men this past winter.

  • farm Dec 8, 2014

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    Who supported or defended him? I clicked on his previous story and only saw 2 people? Well I guess both of them could support and defend him...

  • karenbloom Dec 8, 2014

    This is tragic. Why wasn't he in jail? Our court system is pitiful.