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16-year-old pleads not guilty to arson, murder in adoptive father's death

Posted at 3:45 PM, Nov 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-08 15:53:30-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- The 16-year-old adopted son of a man killed in a house fire last week has pled not guilty to arson and murder in connection with his father's death. 

Jordan Marin-Doan was arrested Saturday in Adams County, two days after a fire at his Highland Road home killed his adopted father, Jason Doan, 45.

Doan’s husband, Alan Marin, said they woke up to find a fire blocking their exit and Doan helped him and their other two adopted children escape through a window before succumbing to the flames and smoke inhalation.

READ | Adopted son charged with father's death in fire

Marin-Doan kept his head down as he walked into the courtroom Wednesday afternoon where he pled not guilty to charges of murder, arson and auto theft. The judge also issued a no-contact order preventing Marin-Doan from having any contact with his adoptive family.


According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case, fire investigators determined fuel commonly used in weed eaters had been poured on the carpet of a stairwell in the house.

READ | Indy fire leaves man in critical condition

Marin-Doan reportedly admitted to police that he poured the fuel and then lit it with a lighter.

Marin told police that the teen had been threatening to kill everyone in the house and had said he wanted to kill his adopted parents “so he could get a cell next to his biological father in prison.”

Police said Marin-Doan was not mad at the time of his arrest and told them he did not know why he started the fire.

Marin-Doan's next court date is scheduled for January 3 at 9 a.m. His trial is set to begin January 8. 

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