Christopher Coleman

Christopher Coleman
1:14 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Jury seated in Coleman case

A jury has been seated for the trial of Christopher Coleman.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The latest update in the Coleman trial announces that a jury has been seated.

The 12-member panel selected Tuesday includes 10 women and two men, along with four male alternates. Starting next week, they'll hear opening statements and testimony in the case against Christopher Coleman.

Jurors were chosen in Perry County and will be brought to Monroe County, where Coleman has pleaded not guilty in the May 2009 killings at the family's Columbia home.

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9:30 am
Mon April 11, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, April 11, 2011

Jury selection begins today in Perry County in the murder trial of Christopher Coleman. Coleman is accused of killing his wife and sons in May 2009.

Jury Selection Begins in Coleman Murder Trial

Jury selection begins today in Perry County Illinois in the trial of Christopher Coleman. That’s according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The former Marine is accused of strangling his wife and two sons and then staging the crime scene with threatening messages on the walls.

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9:39 am
Thu April 7, 2011

Morning headlines: April 7, 2011

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon gets a closer look at Truman, an eight-week-old Peekanees puppy that was rescued from poor breeding conditions, before a press conference in St. Louis on April 9, 2009. Nixon wants to increase oversight of dog breeders.
UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt

Nixon Proposal Would Boost Oversight of Dog Breeders

Governor Jay Nixon proposed Wednesday to add $1.1 million to the state budget to hire 10 more inspectors, investigators, veterinarians and office staff for the Department of Agriculture program that regulates dog-breeding facilities. Nixon's office says the state currently spends about $600,000 a year on such efforts. The Senate Appropriations Committee considered the agriculture budget Wednesday but took no action on Nixon's proposal.

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9:27 am
Tue April 5, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, April 5, 2011

St. Louis City will vote on the 1 percent city earnings tax. (Flickr/Mykl Roventine)

Election Day in St. Louis

It's election day in Missouri and voters in St. Louis and Kansas City will head to the polls to decide whether to retain each community's 1 percent earnings tax. In St. Louis, the $140 million from the tax is about a third of the city's revenue. If the proposition fails, the tax will be phased out over the next ten years. 

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9:28 am
Mon April 4, 2011

Morning headlines: April 4, 2011

An interior view of the dome of the Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via Flickr/jennlynndesign)

Missouri Senate Committee to Release Redistricting Map Today

A Missouri Senate committee is preparing to consider a plan for developing new congressional districts. Missouri is losing one of its nine seats in the U.S. House, and the state Legislature is responsible for drawing the boundaries of the eight resulting districts. The Senate committee on redistricting is scheduled to release its proposed map today.

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Christopher Coleman
3:46 pm
Mon March 14, 2011

Coleman wrongful death suit dropped

Sheri Coleman with sons Gavin and Garett. A wrongful death suit filed by Sheri's family has been dropped.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The family of Sheri Coleman has dropped the wrongful death suit against Coleman's former husband, Christopher Coleman, KMOV reports.

Christopher Coleman is currently charged with three counts of first degree murder after the May 2009 killings of Sheri and their two young sons.

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Christopher Coleman
3:37 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Jury selection for Coleman murder trial set for April 11

Jury selection for the trial of Christopher Coleman will begin April 11. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Jury selection for the Christopher Coleman murder trial has been set for April 11, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Coleman is facing three counts of first-degree murder for the strangulation deaths of his wife and two young sons in 2009.

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9:32 am
Fri February 11, 2011

Morning headlines: Coleman trial postponed, STL city leaders blasting Nixon, no charges in Martin overdose death, IL Gov Quinn releases docs on budget cuts

Christopher Coleman's trial has been postponed so defense attorneys can review DNA evidence. A hearing is scheduled for April 15. (flickr/SLPRnews)
  • According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a judge has postponed the trial of Christopher Coleman, who's accused of killing his wife and sons. His defense lawyers asserted they needed more time to examine DNA evidence. Jury selection in the trial was to begin Tuesday. On Thursday, the judge also denied a defense effort to exclude Coleman's taped six-hour interview with Columbia police on May 5, 2009, the day the bodies were found in the family's home.
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8:37 am
Fri January 28, 2011

Morning headlines: Jim Talent will not challenge McCaskill in 2012, Bristol Palin will not speak at WUSTL, Coleman will try to keep video statements from jury

Former U. S. Senator Jim Talent announced that he will not challenge Claire McCaskill in 2012. (Jim Talent for U.S. Senate Web site)

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Christopher Coleman
2:16 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

UPDATE: Judge: Hearsay, time of death testimony to be allowed in Coleman trial

A judge is expected to rule this afternoon on using hearsay statements in the trial of Christopher Coleman, the man who allegedly murdered wife Sheri and sons Gavin and Garett (pictured) in Columbia, Ill. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)


The judge has ruled to allow the hearsay testimony into court. Additionally, according to the Associated Press, jurors will be allowed to hear an expert testify for prosecutors about the victims' estimated time of death.

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A judge is expected to rule this afternoon about the use of statements from victim Sherri Coleman as evidence against her husband Christopher Coleman.

Christopher Coleman is accused of killing Sherri and their two young sons, Gavin and Garrett.

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