Not guilty plea in killing of Cash's great-niece

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Associated Press

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 27 at 11:04 AM

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man has pleaded not guilty to killing the great-niece of late country music singer Johnny Cash.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1o3Tqan) reports that 27-year-old Wayne Masciarella entered the plea Wednesday during a brief court appearance in Putnam County.

Police say they think Masciarella stabbed 23-year-old Courtney Cash to death after getting into an argument with her and her boyfriend.

Cash's body was found March 19 inside a wooden box at her home in Baxter. Her boyfriend, William Austin Johnson, also suffered stab wounds.

A motive has not been released, but Putnam County Sheriff David Andrews has indicated the stabbings were likely connected to drugs.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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