Arrest warrants issued for additional suspects in New Albany fire that killed 3 children
Left to right, Trinity Hughes, Tai'zah Hughes and Tyrese Hughes (Source: Family photo)
Kylie Jenks (Source: Facebook)
Shelby Makowsky (Source: Facebook)
NEW ALBANY (WAVE) - Arrest warrants were issued Friday for three additional suspects in a New Albany house fire that killed three young siblings.
Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said Shelby Makowsky, 18, and Kylie Jenks, 19, will be charged with conspiracy to commit arson. A 17-year-old girl will face a similar charge in juvenile court.
Investigators believe Jenks was driving the getaway car January 4 when 18-year-old Cody Cashion fired a flare gun into the home because of a dispute with someone who lived there.
"The flare lasted only seconds however the temperature was in excess of 3000 degrees," said Keith Henderson, Floyd County prosecutor.
According to court documents, Makowsky also fired a flare at the house but missed just days before, and the juvenile was a passenger in the car.
Not long after the fatal fire, Cashion was the driver in an officer involved crash in Clarksville. At the time he was with a teen boy. Court documents show while being interviewed by police the teen boy told officers about Cashion's involvement in the fire.
Henderson says Jenks, Makowsky, and the 17 year old spoke to the detectives. Court documents state they told officers that Cashion was mad at Jonathon Stewart for stealing from him. Stewart lived in the Ealy Street house with his sister Alicia, but was not home at the time of the fire. The children's mother was visiting Alicia that night.
"I just go to the house," said Marie Clark, victims' grandmother. "I can't help it. I just go there and I talk to my babies and I tell them I'm sorry for what happened to them."
Court documents state he day after the fire after they realized what happened Jenks and the 17 year old told police all four of them returned to Ealy Street to look for the empty flare shell.
"That is unbelievable," said Clark. "Why not go to the police and say hey I know who killed these babies? I know Cody doesn't because I see it in his face, he don't care, but you are telling me three females, three other teens went back?"
Three members of the Hughes family, 2-year-old Trinity, 4-year-old Tyrese and 6-year-old Tai'zah Hughes died in the fire. Their 5-year-old sister Taty'ana Hughes survived the fire but suffered severe burns.
Cashion is charged with one count of arson resulting in serious bodily injury and three counts of felony murder. Each of the murder charges carries a possible sentence of 45 to 65 years in prison. The arson charge could result in a 20-to-50-year sentence.
Cashion is no stranger to crime. Days before the fire, he was caught at a Walmart trying to steal flares for a flare gun. Four days after the fire, Cashion was in the Clark County Jail for the attempted murder of a Clarksville police officer and resisting arrest.
Cashion's next hearing is March 18. His trial date is set to begin on July 7.