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
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)
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(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. (Read more Texas stories.)