Man accused of killing 3 siblings, injuring 4th pleads not guilty

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by Brittany Gonzalez and Amy Stallings

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 11 at 6:52 PM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The man accused of firing a flare into a New Albany home where three children parished pleaded not guilty in a Floyd County court room Tuesday.

Cody Cashion is facing three counts of felony murder and one count of arson and is being held without bond at the Floyd County Jail.

Police said Cashion fired a flare gun at a house on Ealy Street in the early morning hours of Jan. 4 over a dispute with a person that lived in the home.

The resulting fire killed 2-year-old Trinity Hughes, 4-year-old Tyrese Hughes and 6-year-old Tai'zah Hughes. A fourth sibling, 5-year-old Tat’yana Hughes, survived the blaze and is recovering at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis.

Theresa Hughes, the children's mother, said she felt sick to her stomach while in the courtroom. 

“He didn’t show any type of remorse like he was sorry or anything. It was sad. It was a sad day in court for me. It was very emotional. I told him he killed my kids,” said Hughes.

Hughes’ mother, Marie Hughes Clark sat next to her daughter, comforting her inside the court room. Clark said it was difficult to see Cashion standing near them.

“To see his face and not see one ounce of sadness, pain, remorse nothing…just nothing. That was like a slap in the face..it would have helped to know that he at least felt sorry,” Clark said.

Chief Deputy Prosecutor Steve Owens said investigators have not ruled out whether additional people could be charged in this heartbreaking case.

“We are certainly investigating other people. Certainly, other people were with him when this all occurred, and what the investigation will determine is what they knew and whether we can hold them accountable for those actions,” Owens said.

Investigators said they believe Cashion did not know the children were in the home and they were not his intended target.

Cashion's trial is set for July 7.

Donations to help Hughes family are being accepted at Fifth-Third Banks and online at GoFundMe.com under Theresa's Angels.

 

 

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