Four Suspects Accused Of Killing East Texas Family Identified

Bobbi Gale Johnson
Bobbi Gale Johnson

The Rains County Sheriff's Office has identified four suspects they say killed a mother and her two young children then set their house on fire.  The suspects also allegedly shot the father early Saturday morning.

The father, Terry Caffey, authorities say was shot several times, once in the head, twice in the back and two times in the upper shoulder area.  Authorities say he was able to escape and crawl to a neighbor's house for help.  He's at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler in fair condition.  The mother, Penny Caffey, 37 authorities say was shot and stabbed multiple times.  Matthew Caffey, 13 was also shot and stabbed multiple times.  His younger brother, Tyler Caffey, 8 authorities say was found with stab wounds.

Shortly after officials found the bodies at the Caffey home, located between Emory and Alba, the sheriffs department arrested four people.  Authorities arrested Charlie James Wilkinson, 18, Charles Allen Waid, 20, Bobbi Gale Johnson, 18, and the Caffey's 16-year-old daughter.  Authorities have not released her name because she is a juvenile.  Friends tell us her name is Erin Caffey.  All of the suspects, except Waid attend Emory High School.  At this time, all four are in jail charged with three counts each of capital murder.  Their bond has been set at $1.5 million dollars each.

Saturday morning, the sheriff's department says they found Erin Caffey hiding in one of the suspect's house.  Early on in the investigation, the sheriff's department says it learned Erin and Wilkinson were dating, and Erin's parents forced them to break up.  The sheriff's department says it believes this may be a possible motive.

Tonight on KLTV 7 News at ten, you'll hear more about the Caffey family and those who knew the suspects.

Molly Reuter, Reporting.