Judge Denies Request To Block Cameras In Murder Case
PUTNAM COUNTY, Tenn. – A judge has denied a request to bar cameras from further court proceedings in the case against a man accused of stabbing Johnny Cash's great-niece to death.
During a hearing in Putnam County Wednesday, the lawyer for Wayne Masciarella asked for no cameras to be present at further hearings in the case. The judge denied that request, and set a preliminary and bond hearing for April 23.
Masciarella pleaded not guilty to first degree murder during an arraignment on March 26. He was charged with the stabbing death of Courtney Cash at home in Baxter on March 19.
Authorities said he killed Cash and injured her boyfriend before stuffing her body into a wooden chest.
Cash was the granddaughter of Tommy Cash, Johnny Cash's brother.
Cash's boyfriend, Austin Johnson, was also seriously hurt, but managed to escape with their young daughter. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for treatment. Their daughter was not hurt.
Investigators said the couple and Masciarella had gone out the night before the crime, and went back to the couple's home where a struggle ensued.
Putnam County Sheriff David Andrews said that the crime could be tied to drugs, but did not elaborate.
Authorities said additional charges were possible against Masciarella.