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Teenage murder suspect to be tried as an adult

Post  Jennie on Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:35 pm

Teenage murder suspect to be tried as an adult


A judge ruled Wednesday that teenager Erin Caffey will be tried as an adult in a family slaying in which her mother and 2 younger brothers were killed earlier this year, Rains County officials said.

Caffey, who was 16 at the time of the deaths, was being held Thursday morning in the Hopkins County Jail on 3 counts of capital murder, a jailer who declined to give her name said.

No other details were immediately available on the court hearing. A spokesman at the Rains County Jail said Caffey's bond was set at $1.5 million, Tyler television station KLTV reported.

Officials said Penny Caffey, 37; Tyler Caffey, 8; and Mathew Caffey 13, were shot and stabbed multiple times on March 1 in a tiny East Texas town. The lone survivor was Terry Caffey, the father. He was shot 5 times - including twice in the back - before he dragged his bloodied body through the woods in search of help.

Officials said Charlie Wilkinson, 19, Charles Allen Waid, 20, and Bobbi Gale Johnson, 18, are each charged with 3 counts of capital murder in the pre-dawn massacre at the Caffeys' secluded home. They are awaiting trial.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Wilkinson and Waid, officials said.

The Rains County jail spokesman said he did not have the name of the teenager's attorney.

The Caffeys' home is just outside Emory in Alba, about 60 miles northeast of Dallas.

(source: Associated Press)
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