Wayne Masciarella of Cape May, N.J., allegedly stabbed Cash, 23, and her boyfriend Wednesday, killing her and wounding William Austin Johnson, the (Nashville) Tennessean reported. Cash's body was found in a cedar box in her home after Johnson showed up at a hospital with multiple stab wounds, bringing his 20-month-old daughter, who was not hurt, with him.
Putnam County Sheriff David Andrews described Masciarella as a friend of Cash and Johnson. Masciarella, who has a lengthy arrest record in Tennessee, allegedly attacked the couple during an argument.
Cash's grandfather, Tommy Cash, a singer-songwriter and brother of the more famous Johnny Cash, released a statement on the killing.
"Courtney and her boyfriend are beloved members of my family and like you we have a lot of questions and emotions that we are beginning to sort through today,'' Tommy Cash said. "We are completely heartbroken. It is a time like this that we are grateful for our faith and trusting the loving guidance of God."