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Teen girls charged in deadly New Albany fire appear in court

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Pictured: Shelby Makowsky, Cody Cashion, Kylie Jenks Pictured: Shelby Makowsky, Cody Cashion, Kylie Jenks

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Two teens facing arson charges in connection to a New Albany house fire that killed three children appeared before a judge Monday.

Kylie Jenks, 19, and 18-year-old Shelby Makowsky walked down the court hallway, handcuffed, heads down to face a judge.

"Hopefully they get what they deserve," said Krystal Hughes, the victims' aunt.

Family members of Tai'zah, Tyrese and Trinity and Hughes -- the three children killed in the January 4 fire -- were in court Monday.

Police say 18-year-old Cody Cashion fired a flare gun into the home while Jenks, Makowsky and a 17-year-old juvenile were in the car.

"Deliberately do that? It's no way to show sympathy for someone like that. We're talking about two, four and six, these are kids," relative Johnnette Spencer said. 

Friends of the suspects were also in court.

"She's tore up about it, she's remorseful about it, they both are, they didn't go knowing there were kids inside," said Allison Shemayme, a friend of Makowsky.

A judge entered not guilty pleas for the girls, who appeared without attorneys. Officials say the Class A felony charge the two face could carry a heavy penalty.

"Twenty to 50 years each, and that's a long time for two 18-year-old girls who I'm sure had never thought this was going to happen," said Floyd Co. chief deputy prosecutor Steve Owen.

Prosecutors say they hold Cashion "the most culpable" in this deadly fire, but bond was set at $100,000 for Jenks and Makowsky. They're scheduled to be back in court next month.

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