Cody Cashion, 18, is the New Albany, Indiana man who is charged with the first-degree murders of 6-year-old Tai’zah Hughes, 4-year old Tyrese Hughes, and 2-year-old Trinity Hughes on the night of January 4, reports WDRB.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He’s is Already Facing an Attempted Murder Charge
Cashion was already being held in custody for attempted murder after he crashed into a Clarksville police cruiser, reports WLKY.
2. He’s Accused of Firing a Flare Into the Home of the Hughes Family
On January 4, Cashion is accused of going to the home of the Hughes family on Ealy Street in New Albany, Indiana and firing a flare into the living room of the house. A fire broke out that engulfed the entire house. The fire claimed the lives of 6-year-old Tai’zah Hughes, 4-year old Tyrese Hughes, and 2-year-old Trinity Hughes. One sibling, Taty’ana survived the blaze. She continues to recover in hospital with burns on 20 percent of her body.
3. There Was a Beef Between Cashion on the Family
It’s alleged that Cashion was in some kind of dispute with someone who lived at the address, reports The News and Tribune. Prosecutor Keith Henderson said during Cashion’s initial hearing on January 14, “This was going to be a retaliatory act for a property dispute or theft.”
4. His Girlfriend Says He ‘Has a Good Heart’
Cashion’s girlfriend has leaped to her beau’s defense. She told WDRB:
I just think that they’re trying to make him look like a monster on TV and he’s really not. He’s really a good dude. He’s really nice. He has a good heart. He just makes stupid choices.
5. He Works in a ‘Street Pharmacy’
According to his Facebook page, Cashion works at a “street pharmacy.” He’s a graduate of New Albany Senior High School. His relationship status is listed as “separated.”