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.
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.
A jury in Waterloo, Ill. has found Chris Coleman guilty of strangling his wife Sheri and their two sons.
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Columbia, Ill. police found Sheri, 9-year-old Gavin (L) and 11-year-old Garett Coleman (R) strangled in their beds on May 5, 2009. Two years later, Coleman's husband Christopher would be convicted in their deaths.
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.
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.
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.
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.