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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The teen accused of intentionally causing a fire at a new Albany home that killed three young children, entered a not guilty plea Tuesday in Floyd County Court as emotional family members of the victim wept openly.
The fire, which started around 2 a.m. on Jan. 4 at a home in the 300 block of Ealy Street, killed three children: 6-year-old Tai'zah, 4-year-old Tyrese and 2-year-old Trinity.
Five-year-old Taty'ana is the only child who survived the fire. She continues to improve at a hospital in Indianapolis, after suffering burns over 20 percent of her body.
Cashion pleaded not guilty to all three charges of murder, and one count of arson.
The family of the victims wept as they listened to a judge read the charges against Cody Cashion. For the family, hearing a judge read the charges against Cashion sparked a flood of emotions.
"When we got there and we saw him. I got sick," said grandmother Marie Clark. "I really physically got Ill. I felt like I was going to vomit."
The children's mother and their grandmother were very emotional in court. So much so, the judge requested them to lower their voices.
"She wanted to ask him, 'why did you kill my babies?'" said Clark.
Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson has said that Cashion was looking for revenge when he fired a flare gun into the home. Henderson says Cashion had been involved in a "property dispute" with one of the home's residents.
None of the victims lived at the home; the family had been staying there for an overnight visit.
During Cashion's court appearance Tuesday, Deputy Prosecutor Steve Owen said prosecutors do not believe Cashion knew the children were in the home.
"We certainly do not believe that he intended to kill those three small children," Owen said. "I think his efforts were designed towards somebody else."
Prosecutors say they continue to investigate this case, and that more arrests are possible.
Clark said she did not want to see the case go to trial.
"I don't think we could handle that," she said. "We don't want to have to see it, or hear it. We just want justice."
Cashion and a juvenile were arrested about a week after the fire following a chase and crash involving a Clarksville officer. Police say Cashion deliberately rammed the car he was driving into a police cruiser, injuring the officer.
Cashion is charged with attempted murder in that case.