NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The latest suspects in a New Albany fatal fire appeared in court on Monday, Feb. 17, and pleaded not guilty at their initial appearance.
Nineteen-year-old Kylie Jenks and 18-year-old Shelby Makowsky were arrested on Friday, Feb. 14, and charged with conspiracy to commit arson. A 17-year-old was also charged as a juvenile. Police say the girls were in the car when 18-year-old Cody Cashion fired a flare into the house that killed the three young children.
“They had a chance to think about that. That is not a small thing to go and do. We are talking about kids they are 2, 4 and 6,” a cousin of the victims said.
For the victims’ family, these court appearances never get easier. It's a reminder of all they've lost; Two-year-old Trinity, 4-year-old Tyrese and 6-year-old Taz'iah Hughes.
Their sibling is still recovering in the hospital.
“She is doing better. She is doing a whole lot better; she's blessed,” Krystal Hughes, the victims’ aunt, said.
Those who know the suspects say they too are devastated.
“I was actually there when they came in and got Shelby. It was just too unreal to be honest. It just all kinda came down all at once,” a friend of Makowsky said.
Police said Makowsky, Jenks and a 17-year-old were all in the car last month with 18-year-old Cody Cashion when he fired a flare in to a house on Ealy Street.
Authorities say Cashion fired the flare into the house to get back at one of the residents for allegedly robbing him.
Makowsky took to Facebook after Cashion was arrested and said, “Leme see Cody get a bond, he gon’ be free! Keep y’alls heads up, we holdin’ you down!”
“None of them went in knowing babies were in there. Like, I'm not justifying anything because it wasn't right babies lost their lives,” Makowsky’s friend said.
Cashion was not in court on Monday and is charged with three counts of murder.