published Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Man pleads not guilty in killing of Johnny Cash's niece

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

The Tennessean reports 27-year-old Wayne Masciarella entered the plea Wednesday during a brief court appearance in Putnam County.

Police say they believe 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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