A young woman, who was the great-niece of music legend Johnny Cash, has been found murdered. Courtney Cash was discovered stabbed to death and placed inside a wooden box in her Tennessee home.

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Courtney, 23, was killed Wednesday morning with a kitchen knife, according to Putnam County Sheriff’s Detective David Gibbons. Gibbons said the killing in the town of Baxter, about 70 miles east of Nashville, was the result of an “altercation among three friends.”

Cash’s boyfriend, William Austin Johnson, 23, who also was stabbed, fled the scene with the couple’s infant daughter and is expected to recover.

Wayne Gary Masciarella, 26, of Cookeville was arrested at about midnight Wednesday and charged with first-degree murder. He is being held without bond. Putnam County Sheriff David Andrews said the murder may have been drug-related, and more charges are expected. source

 
Johnny Cash’s brother, musician Tommy Cash, is Courtney Cash’s grandfather.

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