New Albany teen pleads guilty to 3 murder counts

In this undated photo, provided by the Floyd County Jail, New Albany Police said Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, that Cody Cashion, 18, faces three counts of murder and one count of arson resulting in injury, Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson announced at a news conference in New Albany, Ind. The charges are in connection to the fire that occurred Jan. 4 in New Albany, Ind., where three young siblings died and a fourth was badly burned when a flare was fired into the home in a property dispute with one of the residents. (AP Photo/Floyd County Jail)

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) – A southern Indiana teenager has pleaded guilty to three counts of murder after allegedly firing a flare into a home, igniting a fire that killed three young siblings.

Eighteen-year-old Cody Cashion of New Albany also pleaded guilty to one count of arson resulting in serious bodily injury in connection with the Jan. 4 fire. Under terms of a plea agreement, Cashion could receive 65 years in prison when he’s sentenced Aug. 18.

Cashion didn’t speak during a brief court hearing Friday.

The fire killed 2-year-old Trinity Hughes, 4-year-old Tyrese Hughes and 6-year-old Tai’zah Hughes. Five-year-old Taty’ana Hughes was hospitalized for nearly two months.

Authorities have said Cashion shot the flare into the home to retaliate for an alleged theft by a man who wasn’t there at the time. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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