Courtney Cash's Family Wants Outside Investigation

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Courtney Cash's Family Wants Outside Investigation

By Adam Ghassemi. CREATED Aug 5, 2014

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – There was a violent attack, and deadly stabbing. Then the 23-year-old great niece of Johnny Cash was stuffed into a wooden box inside her own living room.

Those are really the details of the gruesome crime that adds up to Courtney Cash's parents. Now they are questioning their daughter’s death investigation.

Kenneth and Cindy Young spent Monday celebrating Cash's 24th birthday.

"It was very difficult at the cemetery because it's still hard to even believe that she's there,” Cindy Young said.

In March, Putnam County investigators found Cash stuffed in a wooden chest in the living room of the Baxter home she shared with boyfriend Austin Johnson. Wayne Masciarella, age 27, now faces many charges, including first-degree murder.

 The couple's young daughter, Cameryn, was there at the time.

"It's been very difficult,” said Kenneth Young, Cash’s stepfather.

Months after the killing the Youngs said many things haven't been explained, especially now that they know Cash likely died March 18, an entire day before investigators recovered her body.

"There's a 30 hours interim there that has not been fully explained or investigated in our opinion,” Kenneth Young said.

The family told NewsChannel 5 they feel like crucial details aren't being answered, which is why they want an outside agency, like the TBI, to investigate to hopefully explain what really happened.

"I feel like TBI would be in a better position to give this a thorough examination that I think Courtney deserves,” Kenneth Young said.

"My main concern right now is Cameryn, and of course hopefully getting the truth,” Cindy Young added.

Tuesday, Putnam County Assistant District Attorney Tony Craighead said they've met with the family twice, and is more than willing to meet with them again.

The Youngs are also fighting for temporary emergency custody of their granddaughter.
Johnson has already testified in court about the violent, drug-fueled attack. He has not been charged in the case, and investigators consider him a victim. He will likely be the key to the state's case during a trial.

Masicarella pleaded not guilty in April.

Adam Ghassemi

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Adam Ghassemi joined the NewsChannel 5 Network in May 2011. Adam is a Memphis native and comes to NC5 from KATU-TV in Portland, Ore.