Prosecutors offer Cody Cashion a plea deal
Floyd County prosecutors say the teen accused of setting the fire that killed three kids has been offered a plea deal.
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) - A plea deal is on the table for the teen accused of setting the fire that killed three young children in New Albany earlier this year.
Cody Cashion appeared before a judge Tuesday. Following his attorney's request, Cashion's trial date was pushed back to September 2. He has until August 5, the day of his final pre-trial conference, to accept an offer from Floyd County prosecutors.
It was another emotional day in court for the family of the victims. Marie Clark once again faced the man she believes is responsible for killing her three grandkids.
"Every time I see him, it just takes me back to that night, back to all the pain. I don't care how many times they continue, reschedule, whatever, I'll still be here," Clark said.
Cashion is facing felony murder and arson charges. Authorities believe he fired a flare gun into a New Albany home in the early morning hours of Jan. 4, killing 6-year-old Tai'zah, 4-year-old Tyrese, and 2-year-old Trinity. Their sister, 5-year-old Taty'ana, was the only survivor. She clung to family members at Cashion's Tuesday hearing.
"We have to come in here, we have to seek justice for our babies, we have to do that. But it doesn't make it any easier every time we have to do it," Clark said.
We now know that prosecutors have offered Cashion a plea deal.
"I think that it's a reasonable offer for the severity of what's been charged," Floyd Co. Prosecutor Keith Henderson said, but stopped short of giving details about what the offer entails.
Clark says nothing will satisfy the grieving family. "It's never going to be enough because you can't put a price on lives. There's no price."
Three other teens, including one juvenile, have also been charged in connection to the fire. One of those teens, Shelby Makowsky, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson last month and will be sentenced Thursday. Clark says the family plans to attend.
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