Suspect in Putnam County stabbing pleads not guilty - WKRN News 2

Suspect in Putnam County stabbing pleads not guilty

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Wayne Masciarella is charged with first degree murder. Wayne Masciarella is charged with first degree murder.
Courtney Cash was found stabbed to death March 19, 2014. Courtney Cash was found stabbed to death March 19, 2014.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -

The man charged with murdering the great niece of country legend Johnny Cash has pleaded not guilty to the crime.

Wayne Masciarella is charged with first degree murder for the fatal stabbing of Courtney Cash last week.

Masciarella appeared in a Putnam County courtroom alongside his lawyer Wednesday morning and entered a plea of not guilty.

His lawyer, Douglas Dennis, raised concerns about media coverage and allowing cameras in the courtroom.

He told the judge he fears cameras rolling while details of the case are revealed in the preliminary hearing will taint potential jurors.

Dennis said he plans to file a motion next week.

Cash, 23, was found stabbed to death inside a wooden box at her home in Baxter, about 100 miles east of Nashville, last Wednesday, March 19.

Police said Masciarella, Cash and Cash's boyfriend, Austin Johnson, got into an argument after a night out.

Johnson, who is also the father of Cash's young daughter, was injured during the altercation but managed to escape with the little girl.

Masciarella is being held in the Putnam County jail without bond.

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