Murder Suspect's Estranged Wife Speaks Out

Published: Mar. 4, 2008 at 12:05 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 5, 2008 at 10:15 PM CST
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In his interview with investigators, Charles Waid, 20 said Charlie Wilkinson, 18 promised to pay him $2,000 to help kill Erin Caffey's parents.  He also said the night before the killings, the four had met and decided to just go into the house and, "take care of business."

In an exclusive interview with KLTV 7, Waid's estranged wife talked about her disbelief in what her husband may have done.

"I just couldn't imagine him doing something like that," said Waid's wife.  She did not want to be identified, but did want to talk about the man she married.

"He (Waid) was raised by his parents in a Christian home," said Waid's wife.  "They always went to church.  He was just a really good guy, so I thought."  Waid and his wife have been married for about a year and a half.  Last September, they had a baby girl together, but in November, the couple broke up, and that's when Waid's wife says Waid began to change.

"He started dating this other girl, (Bobbi Johnson) and everything was more important to him then having anything to do with his children," said Waid's wife.  Saturday afternoon, the day of the killings, Waid's wife says she got a phone call from her husband, one she will never forget.

"He told me that he had to tell me something before anybody else, and that Charlie had went on a killing rampage and killed his girlfriend's mother and brothers and the father lived, and he burned the house down," said Waid's wife.  "Later on that night, I sent him (Waid) a text message, and he never responded, and the next day I saw his mug picture."  She says Waid and Wilkinson have been friends for years.  She said they both often drank, but she never saw her husband get violent.

"Charlie, when he drank, I saw him once get mad and try to fight another guy," said Waid's wife.  "I didn't want Charles to have anything to do with Charlie, and he didn't as long as we were together."  She says she is planning to visit her husband in jail on Wednesday, hoping to know one thing, why.

"I hope he tells me everything that happened because if he was man enough to do it, he's man enough to explain it," said Waid's wife.  Waid has been charged with three counts of capital murder.  His bond has been set at $1.5 million.

Molly Reuter, Reporting.