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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.

Original Entry:

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.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch explains more about today's decision:

"Prosecutors and Coleman's defense attorneys have been sparring over whether a jury should hear from 11 prosecution witnesses who claim Sheri Coleman confided intimate details about her family life. Circuit Judge Milton Wharton ordered a hearing earlier this month to determine the veracity and necessity of the potential testimony..."

The hearing was originally scheduled for this morning.

Will be updated.

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