Texas Teen Planned Family's Murder for a Month: Cops

Daughter and friends allegedly shot parents, stabbed brothers with 'sword'

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 4, 2008 11:25 AM CST

(Newser) – The 16-year-old Texas girl charged with killing her mother and brothers didn't decide to murder her family on a whim. Erin Caffey and her boyfriend discussed the homicide “for about a month,” according to police reports. Caffey waited outside in a car while the boyfriend and an accomplice allegedly shot Caffey’s parents and shot and stabbed her brothers with a “sword,” reports the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

“It was decided to just walk in there and take care of business,” the accomplice told investigators, saying he’d been promised $2,000. After the predawn murders, the pair set fire to the house to conceal evidence. Caffey’s father survived, crawling to a neighbor’s house despite bullets in his head and chest.

The burned remains of the Caffey residence and a vehicle are seen on Monday, March 3, 2008 in Alba, TX. Penny Caffey, 38, and her two sons, Matthew Caffey, 13, and Tyler Caffey, 8, were stabbed, shot and burned to death here on Saturday. (AP Photo/The Tyler Morning Telegraph, Mark...
The burned remains of the Caffey residence and a vehicle are seen on Monday, March 3, 2008 in Alba, TX. Penny Caffey, 38, and her two sons, Matthew Caffey, 13, and Tyler Caffey, 8, were stabbed, shot...   (Associated Press)
A homemade sign at the Caffey residence references a verse in the Bible on Monday March 3, 2008 in Alba, Texas. Penny Caffey, 38, and her two sons, Matthew Caffey, 13, and Tyler Caffey, 8, were stabbed, shot and burned to death here on Saturday. (AP Photo/Tyler Morning Telegraph/Mark Roberts)
A homemade sign at the Caffey residence references a verse in the Bible on Monday March 3, 2008 in Alba, Texas. Penny Caffey, 38, and her two sons, Matthew Caffey, 13, and Tyler Caffey, 8, were stabbed,...   (Associated Press)
The Caffey family dog waits at the driveway entrance Monday March 3, 2008 at the Caffey home in Alba, Texas. Penny Caffey, 38, and her two sons, Matthew Caffey, 13, and Tyler Caffey, 8, were stabbed, shot and burned to death here on Saturday. (AP Photo/Tyler Morning Telegraph/Mark Roberts)
The Caffey family dog waits at the driveway entrance Monday March 3, 2008 at the Caffey home in Alba, Texas. Penny Caffey, 38, and her two sons, Matthew Caffey, 13, and Tyler Caffey, 8, were stabbed,...   (Associated Press)
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