Couple charged with capital murder of 70-year-old Gainesville man

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

COOKE COUNTY, Tex. -- Authorities in Gainesville made two arrests Wednesday night in the case of Charlie Skinner. Skinner, 70, was found dead on the side of a county road on Saturday morning.

Cooke County Sheriff Mike Compton says cases like this are always the hardest types of cases to solve.

He says he‘s proud of investigators and how quickly they found those responsible.

Cooke County Sheriff's investigators arrested Wendell Cravens and his wife, Ginger Cravens, after they confessed to shooting and killing 70-year-old Charlie Skinner.

Cooke County officials say they found the body on County Road 133 just north of Gainesville.

After family members had identified the victim, Sheriff Compton says investigators began to question those close to the Gainesville resident, trying to find out who had seen him last.

That’s when they came in contact with the Cravens.

Because of the on-going investigation, officials say they cannot release a detailed reason for the killing.

But Sheriff Compton says robbery was a possible motive.

"We investigated through a series of questions and answers, and investigations and numerous witnesses around the area. It’s like I said before, they did it the old fashioned way."

Investigators believe both Wendell and Ginger Cravens knew Skinner.

They're being held without bond in the Cooke County Jail. Both are charged with capital murder.


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  • by M Location: oklahoma on Jun 16, 2007 at 09:39 PM
    Ya that's right!! Let's put them in prison to rot so we, the taxpayers can pay for their medical, cable t.v., not to mention feeding them for the rest of their lives. GET REAL PEOPLE!!!! THAT IS WHY WE HAVE TALL TREES AND A VERY SHORT ROPE. our prayers go to the Skinner family.
  • by Anonymous Location: unknown on Jun 16, 2007 at 05:34 PM
    Charlie was not just a great person but a WONDEFRUL grandfather to all his grandkids.... to me he was like a second dad i had if us kids ever needed anything he was there with his hands and heart open he was a giving and caring man... why someone would do this i dont really know but at least they caught the PEOPLE that did this to my grandpa and if they had any feelings what so ever, how would they like it to get a call at 1:19 from the police sayin we might have found your dad on the side of the road dead... i dont think it would feel to good. Charlie always knew how to put a smile on someones face, cause i know when i saw him in the mornings and i was havin a bad day i know he could make me smile... Grandpa Charlie you will be missed♥
  • by leslie Location: ms on Jun 16, 2007 at 03:51 PM
    Yes they knew Charlie and they took advantage of his kindness. They had coffee some time before that is sick no matter which way you look at it . Next thing you know they will say they were crazy when they done it what ever the case may be that is a crock too.. they knew what they were gonna do before they done it cause they were that way sorry..an users in my opinion.. I hope thst they get the fullest of punishment possible..
  • by Texoma Location: GC on Jun 16, 2007 at 02:50 PM
    As I read some of these post I wonder if you have really thought about what your saying. Don't get me wrong but is it any worse to kill someone that is 70 rather than someone who is say 18? Murder is murder & we can all be thankful that we live in Texas where the death penalty is not only legal but used when justified. This is a terible act & my condolences to the family of Mr Skinner.
  • by johnny Location: olney,tx on Jun 16, 2007 at 08:43 AM
    iam so sorry too hear about charlie skinner, for the cravens actions, hopefully justice will prevail. whatever happen too the 70s when you could leave your house unlock, and the car keys in the ignition, and everybody was so nice back then. iam 48 now, and seen alot of stuff. wish i could go back too the good ole days. my condoleneces too the skinner family. throw the book at these people. sincerly johnny.
  • by Anonymous Location: Kingston on Jun 15, 2007 at 10:11 PM
    People better be glad I am not a judge for this case or any other murder case. I believe in corporal punishment. I believe that is someone kills a person in cold blood that they should die the same way but much slower and a more painful death.
  • by leslie Location: ms on Jun 15, 2007 at 06:10 PM
    Eye for an eye is what i think! But you know that would be too good for them.. i think they should have to face the family one by one and let them have their justice.....But,I know the family they arent murders ......Unlike them ones who took Charlies life.......An innocent man!They are sick and twisted and deserve nothing but to rot in worse than jail!!
  • by jodi Location: unknown on Jun 15, 2007 at 12:59 PM
    Sorry about the misunderstanding, Terry. I am truly sorry about your uncle. I had met him and actually lived above him in the Willowick apartments. He always spoke when he was in his house with his door open. He would see me coming or going and he was always the nicest to me. It must be hard and even though they have got the ones that did this to him, it still wont bring him back. I hate it that it happened, and my heart goes out to you and your family!
  • by franklins Location: gainesville on Jun 15, 2007 at 10:57 AM
    our heart goes out to the family how sad someone would take a life of someone so innocent
  • by Jessica Location: Sherman on Jun 15, 2007 at 09:53 AM
    Sounds to me like we should kill them the same way they killed him!! I know that if someone hurt anyone in my family i would catch a case cause i would kill them back! We need the chair again!!!!!
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