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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Christopher Coleman called 'baby killer' outside court

Wed May 20, 2009l

(CNN) -- A southwest Illinois man accused of strangling his wife and two young sons appeared in court Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to murder charges, officials said.

Christopher Coleman, 32, will remain jailed without bond pending a June 10 preliminary hearing, according to the Monroe County, Illinois, district court clerk's office.

He is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Sheri Coleman, 31, and sons Garett, 11, and Gavin, 9. Their bodies were found May 5 in the bedrooms of the Coleman's two-story home in Columbia, Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri.

The three died of strangulation by ligature -- a string, cord or wire -- police said. Coleman was arrested Tuesday at his parents' home in Chester, Illinois.

As a police patrol car carrying Coleman arrived at the Monroe County courthouse for Wednesday's hearing, a waiting crowd shouted "murderer" and "baby killer," according to video posted on the Web site of CNN affiliate KSDK.

Coleman told police he left the house at 5:43 a.m. the day of the deaths and drove to a gym to work out.

Watch CNN report of Coleman's actions after deaths »

"Shortly thereafter, he started calling his house, realized that nobody was answering and on his way back at around 6:50 a.m. is when he made the phone call to the Columbia Police Department, said Maj. Jeff Connor, commander of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis.
Coleman said he was calling the house to make sure the boys were waking up for school, Connor said.

Threatening messages were found on the walls inside the home, Connor said, but would not disclose the exact wording. In an article posted on the Major Case Squad's Web site, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper reported the message said something to the effect of, "I told you this would happen."

A glove with red spray paint on it was found along Interstate 255, which would have been on Coleman's route to the gym, the newspaper reported. The message in the Coleman home was written in paint of a similar color, the article said.

Coleman previously worked in the security department for Joyce Meyer Ministries, an evangelical Christian organization based in suburban St. Louis, said spokesman Roby Walker.

Walker told CNN Coleman resigned last week after the two met regarding "a violation of moral conduct." He would not elaborate.

The Post-Dispatch cited police sources as saying Coleman had more than one romantic rendezvous with a Florida woman, a friend of his wife, during out-of-town ministry trips. Neither Coleman nor his attorneys have commented on that report, the Post-Dispatch said.

Police said Tuesday they did not have a motive for the killings.

Joyce Meyer Ministries said in a statement Wednesday that it had learned of the charges against Coleman.

"This horrible tragedy has deeply saddened us all and although nothing can compensate for the loss of this beautiful family, our ministry remains fully behind the diligent efforts of the law enforcement community," the statement said.


Anonymous said...

The father killed them all. I recommend death by injection for the father.

Anonymous said...

In reality the young father deserves to be beaten & tortured into insanity. At this point for the children and mother everything on earth is irrelevant. Beating & torueing the father does not bring the deceased back.

We as outsiders must simply observe and protect ourselves. It's in our best interest to lay this father to rest, and death by injection is humane.

Basically the error lies with the mother for entrusting her life & her childrens life around a man who is dangerous. The naive tend to not last long on earth.

Anonymous said...

This Father wanted to commit suicide,
yet wanted to perform an avenging act
before suicide. He did this to avenge
someone for something, as well as to
get himself aligned to execution.

Once a person decides suicide is an option
then everyone's life around them also become
meaningless, and they feel they have an option
to bring someone with them on their suicide.

He should die,
although if it was arbitrarily my decision I'd torture him into insanity,
and hold him there for quite a while.
Then bring him back into sanity,
pump him up make him feel good and wanting to
then let him know that it's time to die,

and finish him with lethal injection.

Anonymous said...

The Father look like a retard,
really if you look close his head
is all lumpy like a Martian,
his eyes are all screwed up.
OTO she is quite normal & attractive.
How those two got together beats me.

I figure Chris Coleman had rich Daddy & Mommy
and that the money attracted Sheri.

OTO maybe Sheri had the rich Mommy & Daddy
& Chris was the Poboy Father.

Too bad he couldn't have just walked away from it all.

But he needs a place to live, away from that nagging horebitsch...so sad.

Anonymous said...

Evangelicals tried to save him.

Too bad,

he should have gone to the Lutherans.

Evangelicals are kooky.

They believe in Angels, and
Angelical communication to the
nether-nether land, and the
unverworld, where unicorns & angels
fight the Trolls of Stellactica,
and the Mongols of Galactrose.

Yeah, shoulda been a Lutheran.

Anonymous said...

We need a Prison systems based o
"Soulent Green"

the finished Death Row Prisoners can be food
for those awaiting. Last meals may only be
a entree selection of the last person executed.

yeah, and give the Prisoner an extremely strong apetite improver, so he actually eats.
Would freak the live Prisoners out,
and kinda make a suicidal person wanta avoid
a death sentence.