Christopher Coleman

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9:23 am
Fri May 6, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, May 6, 2011

Christopher Coleman was found guilty Thursday night in the strangling death of his wife, Sheri Coleman, and their two sons. The jury of 10 women and two men will now decide if Coleman should be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty.
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After Guilty Verdict, Jury Will Now Decide Coleman's Punishment

The jury that convicted Christopher Coleman in the murder of his wife and sons now must decide whether he’s eligible for the death penalty.

Jurors deliberated for nearly 15 hours over two days before finding the 34-year-old Coleman guilty of three counts of first-degree murder Thursday evening. Thirty-one-year-old Sheri Coleman and the couple's 9- and 11-year-old sons were strangled in their Columbia home in May 2009.

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9:54 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Coleman guilty of murders

A jury in Waterloo, Ill. has found Chris Coleman guilty of strangling his wife Sheri and their two sons.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Two years ago today, police in Columbia, Ill. found 31-year-old Sheri Coleman and her sons - 11-year-old Garett and nine-year-old Gavin - strangled in their beds.

Tonight, a Monroe County jury found her husband Chris guilty of their deaths, after 14 hours of deliberation spread over two days.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

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9:25 am
Thu May 5, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, May 5, 2011

Two years ago today, Sheri Coleman and her two sons were killed in their Columbia, Ill home. Today, jurors deliberate in the trial of her husband Christopher Coleman, who stands accused in their deaths.
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On Second Anniversary of Murders, Coleman Jury Deliberates

The jurors in the Christopher Coleman triple murder trial will begin a second day of deliberations. Coleman, a former Marine, is accused of strangling his wife and two sons in order to advance a love affair and protect his job working for Joyce Meyer Ministries.

Jurors began deliberating Wednesday, Day 8 of the trial. The defense opened their case Wednesday morning and called two witnesses: a handwriting expert and a forensic linguist.

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9:26 am
Wed May 4, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, May 4, 2011

GOP Senator Jim Lemke of St. Louis County led an all-night filibuster of a capital improvements bill that contains more than $465 million in federal stimulus funds.
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All-night Filibuster Ends in Mo. Senate

An all-night filibuster in the Missouri Senate is over. Tuesday afternoon, four Republicans began blocking a capital improvements bill because their attempt to remove $41 million in federal stimulus funds was voted down. The filibuster ended just before 6 a.m. this morning, after an agreement was reached to send more than $14 million back to Washington. That proposal was offered by fellow Republican Brad Lager from Andrew County.

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5:40 pm
Thu April 28, 2011

Mistress testifies at Coleman trial, says promise rings were exchanged

The mistress of Christopher Coleman, Tara Lintz, testified today during Coleman's trial at the Monroe County Courthouse in Waterloo, Ill.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Jurors heard testimony Thursday from the mistress of Chris Coleman, the Metro East man accused of killing his wife and two young sons.

Tara Lintz of St. Petersburg, Florida had gone to high school with Coleman’s wife, Sheri.

In the Monroe County courtroom Thursday Lintz testified that she and Chris Coleman began a relationship in December 2009 and that they had exchanged promise rings. She indicated that she was wearing hers in court today.

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9:45 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, April 28, 2011

mbers of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri National Guard survey a levy breach in Butler County, Missouri on April 26, 2011. The levee along the Black River has breached in several places, forcing authorities to evacuate residents.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Army Corps of Engineers to Decide on Levee Breach this Weekend

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will wait until this weekend to decide whether to punch a massive hole in a Mississippi County, Missouri levee to protect Cairo, Ill.

The mayor of the small city isn't waiting that long to take action.

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9:29 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Workers board up windows at the main terminal of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on Sunday, two days after a devastating tornado severely damaged the terminal and Concourse C, which remains closed.
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Corps of Engineers to Decide on Breach of Missouri Levee

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Christopher Coleman
7:10 pm
Mon April 25, 2011

Trial of Christopher Coleman begins

The trial of Christopher Coleman began today in the Monroe County Courthouse in Waterloo, Ill.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

After six months of delays, and just days before the second anniversary of the crime, testimony began this morning in the triple murder trial of Christopher Coleman.

Coleman is charged with strangling his wife Sheri and their two young sons early on the morning of May 5, 2009, allegedly so he could marry his mistress - a high school friend of Sheri's - without running afoul of his employer's no-divorce policy. Coleman was the chief of security for Joyce Meyer Ministries at the time of the murders.

Coleman has pleaded not guilty to the murders, and remains jailed in Monroe County without bond. Prosecutor Kris Reitz is seeking the death penalty.

In an opening statement about 30 minutes, Reitz promised a comprehensive case involving nearly 40 witnesses. "This case is too important to leave anything out," he said, speaking directly to the jury of 10 women and two men. (Four alternates are all male.) "When all the evidence is in, I will ask you to find Chris Coleman guilty beyond a reasonable doubt."

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8:56 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, April 25, 2011

Christopher Coleman is accused of killing his wife Sheri, and their two sons.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Opening Statements Begin Today in Christopher Coleman Trial

Area residents started to line-up early this morning outside the Monroe County courthouse to watch the start of the case. The crime took place nearly 2 years ago. Prosecutors allege that Coleman, who once handled security for the Joyce Meyer Ministries, killed his wife Sheri and their sons Garrett and Gavin to be with a mistress. That woman, Tara Lintz, has been ordered to testify and a deposition from Joyce Meyer will also be part of the prosecutor's case.

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9:30 am
Wed April 20, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tornados swept through eastern Missouri yesterday.
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Severe Weather Hits Missouri

Tornados swept through eastern Missouri yesterday, damaging homes and yanking down power lines. No injuries were reported.

The Pike County Sheriff's Department says the storm hit the Bowling Green area late yesterday afternoon, and that three tornadoes were seen in the county in a 45-minute period. Some homes in the Clarksville area had roof damage, and barns and outbuildings in rural Pike County also were damaged.

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