A 16-year-old boy who started a fire that killed his adoptive father previously threatened to kill his family so he could “get a cell next to his paternal father in prison,” according to prosecutors.
WRTV reported that Jordan Marin-Doan (pictured center) was charged with murder, arson, and auto theft in connection with the November 3 fire that killed his adoptive father, Jason Doan, 45 (pictured bottom right). Though he managed to get his husband, Alan Martin (pictured bottom left), and their two young adopted children out of the Indianapolis home, Jason Doan was overcome by smoke and died in the blaze.
“He saved me and my kids,” Marin told the station. “He gave his life for us, making sure we were OK. He got me out with my kids and told me to take them to a safe place.”
“That was his priority—our kids—making sure they were safe.”
Prosecutors revealed in court documents that, days before the fire, the 16-year-old threatened to murder his family so that he could be with his biological father in prison, according to WTHR.
Officers apprehended Jordan Doan in Decatur, Indiana, where he had allegedly fled after stealing the family car. The teen reportedly admitted to starting the fire but getting scared and regretting it before driving off. He also claimed that he wasn’t angry at his family and doesn’t know why he did it, an affidavit revealed.
WXIN reported that police located accelerants on the stairs and carpet. They reportedly also recovered a substance often used to kill weeds in the kitchen.
Jason Doan married Martin in 2014—immediately after same-sex marriage was legalized in Indiana. Last year, the couple adopted three children: Jordan, a 10-year-old boy, and an 11-month-old baby boy, Hornet Stories noted.
The slain father was reportedly an organ donor whose liver and kidneys will save or improve the lives of three people.
“He had a heart of gold, he did something nice for someone every day,” Missi Story, Jason’s sister, told WXIT.
Prosecutors announced that the 16-year-old will be tried as an adult.
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