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East Texan speaks out about family's murder


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DALLAS, TX (KLTV) - Their heinous murders devastated an East Texas town, but there was one miracle: the fact that one survived and is now touching other lives.

Terry Caffey's wife and two boys were brutally murdered in March of 2008. He says his daughter was part of the plot.

It sounds like something out of a horror movie, but it was reality for Terry Caffey.

That terrifying night when he and his wife, Penny, were shot, his two boys murdered, and their home set on fire.

"It seemed slow-motion, but it happened so quickly - the door hitting the dryer, then the gunshots started to go off," said Terry.

He was shot five times, but miraculously crawled to safety and survived. He and his daughter Erin were now all that was left.

"When I found out she was alive, I had hope again, but that was short-lived," he said. "Within moments later after finding out she was alive, they came to me and told me she'd been arrested - charged with capital murder."

It turns out Erin and her 20-year-old boyfriend, Charlie Wilkinson conspired in the killings so they could be together. Her parents did not approve of the relationship.

"I went through so many emotions," Terry said. "Anger was one of them. I was just angry at Erin, angry at those who came in and murdered my family. I was even angry at God."

Terry struggled with suicidal thoughts and rage against the two men who brutally took his family. Then, one day he found a charred page from a book he now keeps in this frame.

"I couldn't understand why you would take my family and leave me behind to struggle without them," he said. "And, I guess I still don't totally understand that part of it. But I do believe that You're sovereign; You're in control."

"When I found this page, it brought me to my knees," he said. "I felt that God had left me a message, 'I have your life in my hands; I have a purpose for you, if you'll allow me to do that.'"

terry forgave the killers and lobbied to save them from execution.

He has since remarried and started a ministry where he teaches teens about the dangers of bad choices. His own daughter won't be eligible for parole until she is 59.

Terry Caffey speaks out about the murders in a new show debuting Tuesday, September 14th on ABC. Final Witness will air at 9 p.m.

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