Case against New Albany house fire suspects moves forward

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 18 at 5:15 PM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The only child that survived a New Albany house fire was in a Floyd County courthouse Tuesday - her grandmother, Marie Hughes Clark, said she wanted the suspects to see her granddaughter in person.

None of the suspects charged in connection with the case were in court Tuesday.

Four people are facing charges in connection with the house fire that killed three of Clark's grandchildren Jan. 4. Eighteen-year-old Cody Cashion faces three counts of murder and arson, 18-year-old Shelby Makowsky and 19-year-old Kylie Jenks are facing  conspiracy to commit arson charges and are still pending against a fourth juvenile suspect.

Tatyana Hughes, the only survivor of the fire, was at the courthouse - she smiled and played in the hallway. Her family said they also brought her to see the people police said are responsible for ending her siblings' lives.  

Chief deputy prosecutor Steve Owen met Tatyana for the first time Tuesday and said seeing her was motivation to seek justice for the Hughes' family.

He said the state is on schedule to go to trial against Cashion July 7. Cashion is expected back in court next month for another pre-trial conference.

An August trial date is set for Jenks and Makowsky.

Clark said they plan to attend every court hearing to remind the suspects of the Hughes family's loss. 

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