UPDATE: Erin Caffey, Charlie James Wilkinson, Charles Allen Waid and Bobbi Gale Johnson
ALL DEFENDANTS ACCEPT PLEA DEALS, RECEIVE SENTENCES RANGING FROM 40 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON
Well, better late than never, but here’s the rundown on the fates of Erin Caffey, Charlie James Wilkinson, Charles Allen Waid and Bobbi Gale Johnson.
Just to refresh your memories, each one of these four geniuses murdered or assisted in the murder of three member of an unsuspecting family, the Caffeys of Alba, Texas. They did this because the oldest daughter, 16-year-old Erin Caffey, was told she could no longer see her 20-year-old boyfriend, none other than Charlie James Wilkinson. With assistance from Charles Allen Waid and Bobbi Gale Johnson, the two lovers decided to get rid of Erin’s family so they could be together forever.
According to the police report:
“Wilkinson stated that Erin Caffey wanted her parents dead because they would not let her see Wilkinson and they even took away her cell phone. The discussion to kill Erin’s parents had been ongoing for about a month.” “Erin, Wilkinson and Waid had several conversations on how to kill her parents.”
When interviewed by police, Charlie kept it simple:
“Erin and I were in love and the only way we could be together was to kill the parents.”
Charlie James Wilkinson and Charles Allen Waid were the “hitters”, while Erin Caffey and Bobbi Gale Johnson waited in the car. Waid had been paid two thousand dollars to help kill Erin’s family.
Wilkinson and Waid entered the home, went straight to the master bedroom and shot at Penny Caffey. Terry Caffey awoke to the gunshots and to recognize Charles Wilkinson standing in the bedroom and heard “Charlie!” being yelled. Terry put his arm up to shield himself and was shot several times. The police report states:
“Wilkinson said he fired a .22-caliber handgun at Mrs. Caffey several times, but did not kill her. He then handed the weapon to Mr. Waid, who fired several more times at Mr. and Mrs. Caffey.”
Erin’s two brothers Matthew, 13, and Tyler, 8, heard the shots. They ran down the stairs from their bedroom loft and found Charles Wilkinson and Charles Waid standing over the bodies of their parents. The boys were witnesses now. According to the police report:
“Mr. Wilkinson told them to return to their beds in the loft. The two men followed the children upstairs. Mr. Waid shot 13-year-old Matthew in the head or neck, records show, and both men stabbed 8-year-old Tyler with a sword.”
Waid and Wilkinson used hand held lighters to set fire to bedspreads, food items, laundry and furniture to cover up the crime. The two males ran out to the car. Flames could be seen rising from the house as they sped away. They whooped it up and congratulated each other on a job well done.
What they didn’t know is that Erin’s Father Terry was still alive, and in a feat of super human strength and endurance, dragged himself 300 yards through the woods to the nearest home. He did this despite being shot five time – once in the head, shoulder and chest and twice in the back. His neighbor Terry Gaston found him lying on his porch and called 911.
Terry Caffey was rushed to the hospital where they removed five bullets from his body. When he woke up from the surgery, he would complain that he heard gunshots.
Meanwhile, Terry’s eldest child, his only daughter, was having a round of celebratory sex with the love of her young life, with Carlie Wilkinson in Charles Waid’s trailer. The cops picked up Charlie on Sunday, the day after the murders, but somehow missed Erin. Charlie had two handguns lying next to him. Charles Wilkinson was arrested and taken down to the jail for interrogation. He quickly confessed.
Charles James Wilkinson Arrest Affidavit – WARNING: Not For Children
Charles Waid and Bobbi Gale Johnson were picked up soon afterwards. They also wasted little time confessing.
Only Erin Caffey tried to play the system. A deputy searching through Charlie Waid’s trailer just was surprised to find Erin curled up in the fetal position, hidden under a pile of clothing and stuffed animals.
She told the deputy that “I was asleep and awoke to two people yelling at me to get on the floor.” She also told him she remembered “fire but nothing else.” As fast as the cops could say, “Yeah, right.” Erin was also arrested.
Authorities recovered a rifle, and a pistol, two swords and a condom.
Bond for all of them was set at $1.5 million, $500,000 for each charge of capital murder.
Faced with overwhelming evidence of their guilt and the testimony of Terry Caffey, and with the death penalty hanging over their heads, in November of 2008, Charles “Charlie” James Wilkinson and Charles Allan Waid both pled guilty to three counts of Capital Murder. They were sentenced to life in prison without parole.
On January 2, 2009, Bobbi Gale Johnson pled guilty to being an accomplice who did not use a weapon. She received a sentence of 40 years in prison.
At that same hearing, Erin Caffey pled guilty to capital murder. She was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus an additional twenty five years.
Will Erin Caffey ever get out of prison, let’s ask Rains County Attorney Robert Vititow:
“As for Erin Caffey, two life sentences, will she ever parole out? I can’t answer that. And if she did, she would still have another 25 year sentence to serve and so the odds are that she may never get out.”
Works for me…
The photographs are, from top to bottom:
1. Erin Caffey
2. Charlie James Wilkinson
3. Charles Allen Waid
4. Bobbi Gale Johnson
5. The Caffey family dog, still guarding the charred remains of his masters’ home.
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