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March 4, 2008

Chilling details emerge from Rains County murder scene

EMORY — A mother and her two young sons were brutally killed in their residence near Emory early Saturday morning, and the father seriously wounded, after the parents attempted to come between their 16-year-old daughter and her boyfriend, according to investigators with the Rains County Sheriff’s Office.

Penny and Terry Caffey were both shot, along with 13-year-old Matthew Caffey, while 8-year-old Tyler Caffey was stabbed with a sword before the residence was set on fire and burned to the ground, according to criminal complaints. While preliminary autopsy reports indicate Penny Caffey may also have been stabbed, the criminal complaints only allege she had been shot.

Bobbi Gale Johnson,18; Charles Allen Waid, 20; and Charlie James Wilkinson, 19, have each been charged with three counts of capital murder and remain in custody at the Rains County Jail. They are being held in lieu of $500,000 bond each. The Caffey’s daughter, whose name has not been released due to her age, has also been charged with three counts of capital murder and was ordered Monday to remain in custody at the Hunt County Juvenile Detention Center for the next 10 days.

According to the complaints filed in the case, Wilkinson and Waid both gave accounts of the killings to investigators following their arrests.

Wilkinson said he and the daughter had been dating and the girl’s parents decided the pair could no longer see each other. He said the daughter told him she wanted her parents dead because of the decision and because they had taken away her cell phone.

Wilkinson said he, the daughter, Johnson and Waid had several discussions over how to kill the Caffeys during the course of about a month. According to the complaint, Johnson and Waid were dating.

Wilkinson told investigators he, Johnson and Waid first attempted to get to the Caffey’s house Friday, parking down Rains County Road 2370. Wilkinson and Waid walked to the home, but that the family dog was making too much noise.

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