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Bond reduced for Kure Beach man accused of hit & run deaths


GARNER, NC (WWAY) -- The charges and bond have been reduced for a Kure Beach man accused of a hit and run on I-40 last night that killed two Good Samaritans.

Marshall H. Doran, 21, was originally held under $5 million bond for charges including two counts of second degree murder. Today the charges were reduced to two counts of felony death by motor vehicle after a clerical error on the original charges. Doran's bond was also reduced to $500,000.

Highway Patrol says around 8 p.m. Cardell Gayfield of Clayton was driving a bobtail tractor with no trailer west on I-40 when he spun out of control and came to a stop perpendicular to the road. Gayfield placed reflectors in the road, then tried to move his truck out of the lane of traffic.

Larry Kepley, 39, of Winston-Salem, was driving a tractor-trailer west on I-40 when he saw Gayfield and stopped to help. Nathaniel Williams, 34, a member of the US Navy, and another driver swerved to the right of Gayfield's truck to avoid a collision, troopers say, sending both cars down an embankment. Williams walked back up the embankment to help.

Highway Patrol says as Kepler and Williams were standing behind the bobtail tractor, Doran hit them, then drove off. Kepley died at the scene, while Williams later died at a hospital.

"It's just a terrible, terrible tragedy," Gov. Pat McCrory said today during a news conference on the winter storm. "Two people who are just trying to help lose their lives, and I just want to let their families know how sad we are but how much we appreciate them trying to help people in need."

According to a news release, the Wake County Sheriff's Office and Raleigh Police Department quickly set up a perimeter, and a Highway Patrol helicopter came in to help search for Doran. He surrendered to a deputy who found Doran hiding in some woods.

Highway Patrol believes Doran, a college student, was driving under the influence and had drugs in his possession when the crash happened.

"Thought about the commercial that talks about you go and you fight in a war and come back and you're killed on American soil by a drunk driver, and that was a flash," said Mildred Hawthorne, a friend of Williams. "This is kind of what happened. He's helping someone else."

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Hit and Run on 2/13/2014

I do not feel bad for this young man Marshall Doran. He choose what he did. His actions killed 2 very worthy young men who were only at best doing something to help another. If this Marshall Doran was even 1% a decent human he would have NOT HIT & RAN, he would have STOPPED man up and helped those he harmed. That would have been the only HUMANE way to have handled this situation he put himself in and in fact killed two other humans. I do not care whether or not he blew whatever, drank whatever, took whatever pills...the fact is he was a COWARD at best. Yes I am pissed. He killed my cousin. It is very sad that anyone in our justice system allowed such a reduced bond and he gets a taste of freedom when in fact the REAL VICTIMS are dead however both of these men Mr. Williams and Mr. Kepley are no longer in pain, earn their wings and are rejoicing in heaven. May GOD have mercy on Mr. Doran's soul.

Read more than JUST THIS ARTICLE...

If you do further research, he blew under the legal alcohol limit an the "controlled substance" was Aderall that he is prescribed. Also, he gave himself up to the police (some of the reports are saying that he struggled with an officer. I'm not saying that he was right to flee the scene, though I can guarantee he was in shock, but obviously the media is adding things to make him into a "monster". Marshall is not "spoiled, a redneck, or garbage". He made a mistake. And I know that all he can think about is what he did and how it is affecting those 2 men's families.

Marshall Doran

It sounds to me like you may have known this boy. I feel very sorry for him and his family. His life is over, he has just thrown it away completely. DO you think he was so distraught over the accident and terrified about his impending time in jail that he just lost it? Do you think he is on drugs?

Yes, he was just a

Yes, he was just a misunderstood kid, right? How about the fact that this past weekend in Carolina Beach, NC he deliberately started 3 fires at condos that killed 2 women and he is NOW charged with 1st Degree murder? I wonder how his family feels, being that they posted the $50,000 to get him out of jail on the hit and run deaths?

It was $500,000 and try to

It was $500,000 and try to remember when you were that age. Perhaps you did really stupid things. It seems that this kid has lost his mind. Do you think it's because of the accident?

10 months later...

so his bond is reduced, he gets bonded out to go on and murder two more innocent people, threaten the lives of many more, cause hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage to people's homes. No, he is not spoiled? You are correct, he is pure evil with ought a heart, a conscience, or any empathy for other human beings. He has now taken FOUR innocent lives!

Driving under the influence, taking narcotics and...

...breaking and entering to steal someone else's property are not "mistakes", they are cognitive choices, especially when those choices involve the loss of human life!

Addrerall Might Be to Blame

I live in Carolina Beach. If this guy was high on Adderall when he torched up our community, killed 2 innocent women, and left several families homeless- then maybe Adderall needs to be taken off the market. After a quick google search, it appears that their are thousands of cases where Adderall can cause psychosis. Either this guy was psychotic, or he is the most evil person since Hitler. Something needs to be done!!!

re: Addrerall Might Be to Blame

I'm guessing forks and spoons make people fat?


Nope, don't blame a drug for what potentially are his actions. That is the same as blaming alcohol for a drunk driver wrecking and killing people. It isn't the alcohol, it is the choice the person made to consume and then drive.


If he took them without a prescription, or abused his prescription - theh "Yes" - he should be held 100% accountable for his actions. However, if he was seeing a psychiatrist who prescribed this stuff, took it in the dose he was supposed to, and then became increasingly psychotic, then his blame is mitgated to some extent. His psychiatrist (if this were the case) should have been keeping a close eye on psychotic side effects, but obviously didn't.

Adderall ???

Where did you see ANY mention of Adderall in this article?

I'm guessing that your brain told you that. I'm also guessing that it told you that because it's on Adderall.


I got it from Chelsea's post above. I guess I assumed she knew what she was talking about.

how do you feel about him now

that he is under arrest for arson and killed 2 more peopel on Carolina Beach??? Do yo ustill think he just made a mistake???

re: how do you...

He is not under arrest for arson...suspicion of burglary far.

So he was hopped up on

So he was hopped up on Aderall instead of drunk on alcohol. Taking drugs knowing that you are going to get behind the wheel is a choice, not a mistake. And he should have thought about the potential consequences of his actions before he chose to get behind the wheel.

This is truly a tragic chain

This is truly a tragic chain events that caused the loss of not only two lives, but three...the lost soul of the this young man. My heart goes out to all of the families involved. However, I am appalled by the choice of words voiced in some of the comments, truly unnecessary and truly sad to see that there is still so much hatred in this world of ours.

the lost soul

just killed two more people on Carolina Beach this weekend through arson. What do you think of your lost soul now? He clearly didn't learn form killing 2 people in February

Tricia, that is a fact-less accusation on your behalf only...

... as it is not true. At this posting, nobody has been charged with Arson or Murder in the Carolina Beach fires. Don't forget, after charges are filed, there must be a trial and a conviction.

It is tragic for the men who

It is tragic for the men who lost their lives and their families. This young man should have thought about the potential consequences before he chose to drive while impaired.

Thanks to the Wake County

Thanks to the Wake County Sheriff's Office, Raleigh Police Department and the NCHP for setting up a perimeter and quickly apprehending this thug who had just killed two innocent people and then tried to get away, how dare you!!!

Pay close attention

The article states clearly that that two other drivers had to swerve to avoid collision with Gayfield's truck (the kind gentlemen who got out to help). That means, at least to a layman such as my self (I'm not a crime scene investigator), that even sober drivers had to put themselves at risk by driving down an embankment to avoid collision. Even after having to do this one of the drivers put himself at risk by standing behind the vehicle that caused him to swerve off the road. Drunk or not, diligence is due to determine whether the proper safety precautions we're taking by the victims. My layman's analysis suggests they did not.

Driving drunk is bad, hit & run is bad. But this young man is not guilty of 2nd murder. It could be involuntary manslaughter at best. There are more then two victims to this story. Doran who obviously has issues with drug & alcohol use is also a victim, along with his family who stand to lose him to life behind bars.

what about his latest victims

doran just killed 2 more by arson on Carolina Beach. What do you think of him now? If he was kept behind bars this tragedy may not have happened. Yes mistake happen but hit and run is an indicator of character. Now he killed 2 more people

Let me get this straight...

You are blaming the people who were killed for being in his way! Oh I get it, he has Affluenza. Give me his address and I'll send him an apology letter on behave of all of us who don't have the money he and his Kure Beach family does.

He isn't a victim

Marshall H. Doran, 21, is charged with two counts of second degree murder, two counts of driving while intoxicated, felony hit and run, careless and reckless driving and drug possession.

All because of choices he made.

2nd Degree murder

He will be found not guilty of 2nd Degree murder on both charges. His others will stand. My question is this, did the truck driver who spun out get charged with reckless driving? Did the two people who swerved off the road get charged with reckless driving? One can't be because he was absent minded enough to go back to the area he swerved to avoid. Seems to me his death was his own fault considering he knew the danger himself. Some thug this guy is...he encountered the same patch of fresh ice as the other drivers did. He did attempt to get away, which is not good but doesn't by any means make him evil. Maybe he was in shock. I dealt with lynch mobs like this during the Casey Anthony trial. I kept saying she would not get convicted. She didn't. The bottom line is drunk or not the road was bad, and the events that preceded what happened verify that fact. He was wrong for running from the scene, and was wrong for driving under the influence. But he is not evil by any stretch of the word. He had an accident ( and several people did that night) he was just misfortunate to have killed two people.

Just add these words to your last sentence.

"...while intoxicated with alcohol and high on drugs. He ran from the scene to leave severely injured bystanders without help that later died from their injuries. He had to be fished out of the woods by the police as he failed to voluntarily turn himself in to the authorities for the crimes he knew he had committed."

Then your final sentence will contain accuracy. At that point, the people can decide if he was "evil" or not, that isn't up to you. "Misfortunate" (sic) is hardly appropriate for his actions.

A man choosing to consume

A man choosing to consume alcohol knowing that he is going to get behind the wheel is not a misfortune. Misfortune is the two dead men who were on the same road with a drunk driver. Regardless of your opinions of what the dead men should or should not have been doing, the simple fact remains that if the drunk had not hit them, then they would still be alive. The drunk driver faces punishment for the choices he made. Those two men are dead because the choices that the drunk driver made.

NOT a Voice of Reason....

Every argument you made in his defense in negated by the fact that HE WAS DRIVING IMPAIRED! It doesn't matter how many people wrecked there before or after. He chose to drive drunk and it resulted in the death of two innocent people. Is he Evil? Probably not, but he made a poor choice that resulted in two people's deaths and he must be held responsible. When he chose to drive impaired it is was no longer considered and "accident". He is DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE for these deaths. "Misfortunate" (your made-up word, not mine) would apply if he were indeed solely the victim of poor road conditions and bad timing. He lost the right to claim to be a victim of circumstance when he decided to drive drunk. I don't even fault him for running. He was simply hoping that he could sober up before he got caught, I'm just glad he didn't kill anyone else after he left the scene.

Misfortunate -

Sorry I thought I was commenting on a news article. I didn't know was turning in an essay for school. I will be more careful to ensure that my words are in the websters dictionary.

As a commenter above mentioned, people should read beyond the headlines, and article and do some fact finding themselves before they start bleeding all over the comment section with hate.

I would remind everyone that, in the USA, all individuals enjoy the right to the presumption of INNOCENCE. That's what makes this country great. It prevents lynch mobs such as this from terrorizing suspects. It forces decisions to be made by facts, not some sensationalized news story.

As I've stated previously, Doran has an airtight defense (at least against 2nd degree murder (reduced right after I posted my previous comment), in just the events that transpired before his accident. Namely the tractor that spun out, and the two cars that had to swerve into a ditch to miss Gayfield's truck.

If we give any of the above mentioned men the benefit of the doubt, then that same benefit should be extended to Doran. His charges were reduced from several charges that included possession, and DUI, to just two counts of felony death by motor vehicle.

That means that he is no longer charged with DUI, or possession. Which translates to HE WAS NOT Driving under the influence.

A crime is a crime, and if we use that logic, then Gayfield was "impeding traffic", and should of been charged with "reckless driving" and/or "failure to control a motor vehicle." But if we want to act like one charge holds more weight then the other, we defy an entire history of law, in favor of inequality. A right guaranteed to all Americans

Dorans flight indicates a natural reaction to traumatic event. For those of you who don't know, the result of a traumatic event is usually shock.