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9 years after Johnny Cash’s great-niece was murdered, families are being urged to take another look at the Putnam County, Tennessee death investigation. – Worlds News Dock
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9 years after Johnny Cash’s great-niece was murdered, families are being urged to take another look at the Putnam County, Tennessee death investigation.

PUTNAM COUNTY, Tennessee (WKRN) — Nine years after Johnny Cash’s great-niece was found brutally murdered in her Putnam County home, community members are calling for several local death investigations to be re-examined.

On Saturday, March 18, several bereaved families gathered in downtown Cookeville. This weekend not only marks the “angel version” of Courtney Cash’s murder, but also the anniversary since the remains of another person were found.

While Wayne Maschiarella is currently serving a 15-year sentence in connection with Kourtney’s death, her family believes another person was involved.

MAY 2022: Family requests independent verification of the death of Johnny Cash’s great-niece.

Over the past few months, Courtney’s mother, Cindy, has said she received a police report on her daughter’s case that she didn’t know existed.

“We ask them to even just go through their own records, their own reports, their own investigations,” Cindy said.

Now Cindy is raising 10-year-old daughter Courtney, Cameryn.

“It’s just heartbreaking because I can’t be her mother,” Cindy said. “It’s just hard. It is so hard”.

FEBRUARY 2022: “What if they were yours? You would have fought for them anyway”: Families of those killed and missing seek answers

The family of Brandon Hood, who died of a drug overdose involving fentanyl in 2020, also attended Saturday’s rally.

Hood’s sister, Monica Cason, hopes to one day see a murder charge brought against the man who gave Hood the drugs he overdosed on.

“I think it should be stronger than second-degree murder because I think it’s intentional,” Cason explained. “You knowingly sell drugs to someone, you know what the chance is. It’s like playing Russian roulette.”

Cason hopes the murder charge will put an end to Hood’s daughter’s case, as well as send a strong message to drug dealers.

“At our rally today, stories were told about people who smoked fentanyl-laced weed and died,” Cason said. “My brother was a drug addict. Just because he was a drug addict doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve justice.”

MARCH 2022: Remains found in Putnam County identified as missing.

One of the other families calling for a second look at the investigation into the death of a loved one is that of Josh Bohannon, who also marked a grim milestone this week.

Bohannon’s remains were discovered on March 17, 2022, in the Window Cliffs State Natural Area, approximately nine months after he was reported missing.

According to Sheriff Eddie Ferris, when Bohannon’s remains were found, his department and the district attorney’s office spent hundreds of hours looking for Bohannon.

Despite this, the Bohannon family suspects foul play.

According to his aunt, Vicki Jones, Bohannon had diabetes and her family does not believe he could have made it to the site where his remains were found.

“I know he didn’t go there, take off his clothes, and die in the cave,” Jones said. “He just couldn’t do it. He was too ill to get to where his body was found.”

Unsolved Tennessee: Learn more about the state’s cold cases, missing persons and other mysteries →

In the end, Saturday’s rally participants hope that officials will return to these cases and re-examine possible suspects.

On Saturday, News 2 reached out to District Attorney Bryant Dunaway for comment. Dunaway said he wanted to reply, but he was out of town, so he will reply on Monday, March 20.

During last year’s rally, Dunaway gave the following response, addressing the concerns of Courtney’s family and others:

“I deeply sympathize with the family members who have lost loved ones due to a criminal act. I often see that their grief can be overwhelming. I pray for their peace.
Courtney Cash’s killer Wayne Maschiarella pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is in jail today. The family told me that they thought Austin Johnson should have been prosecuted as well. The facts simply do not support this position. This office can ethically bring charges and prosecute individuals for criminal offenses only if there is a good faith belief that the evidence will support a guilty verdict. In this case, the available evidence indicates that only Maciarella was the killer.”

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