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January 15, 2014

Authorities: Flare fired into New Albany home sparked fire that killed 3 children

New Albany teen faces murder, arson charges

NEW ALBANY — Already in jail on an attempted murder charge involving a police officer, a teenager is now being accused of starting the fire that killed three children in New Albany on Jan. 4.

Cody Cashion, 18, New Albany, faces three murder charges and one count of arson resulting in bodily harm. He’s accused of firing a flare into the Ealy Street home and starting the blaze over what investigators and Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson labeled as a property dispute.

Specific details about that dispute weren’t unveiled during a Tuesday news conference where officials announced the charges, as Henderson said some information will be withheld from the public until the investigation is complete.

He confirmed there are other suspects, including one juvenile.  

While it’s not believed that Cashion was aware there were people, especially children, inside the house when the flare was fired, Henderson said he will face three felony murder charges because he knowingly committed the act that caused the blaze.

The person who Cashion was allegedly retaliating against wasn’t present at the time the flare was fired, according to Henderson, who declined to identify who that person is.

“We want to finish this case and have it fully prepared so we can move forward on it,” he said.

Trinity Hughes, 2, Tyrese Hughes, 4, and Tai’zah Hughes, 6, died in the fire. The children didn’t live at the home but were staying there with their mother, Theresa Hughes, who was reported to be outside the house when the fire started. She was not injured during the blaze, but her daughter, Taty’ana, 5, received burn wounds and was transported to an Indianapolis hospital for care.

Family members attended Tuesday’s press conference but declined to speak.

The triple murder and arson case has been filed in Floyd Superior Court No. 1. An initial hearing wasn’t set Tuesday.

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