Attorneys challenge witnesses, evidence in Coleman triple killing

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Posted on March 22, 2011 at 10:47 AM

(KMOV) -- The prosecution and attorneys for Christopher Coleman are fighting over whether a jury should hear from 13 prosecution witnesses who claim Sheri Coleman confided in them and shared intimate details about her marriage in the months leading up to her death.

Judge Milton Wharton ordered the hearing to determine if certain information will be allowed during the trial.

Several neighbors and friends from Coleman's church testified Tuesday saying all Sheri wanted to do was save her marriage and she was fighting to make it work in the months leading up to her death.

Friends talked about emails, phone calls and text messages they received saying things like, “Chris beat me," "if anything happens to me, Chris did it,” and “Chris keeps telling me he wants a divorce and that I am getting in the way of his destiny with God.”  

Judge Wharton gave Coleman's attorneys until January 10 to present written arguments about hearsay evidence.  A final hearing on the issue will be held January 21.

Coleman has pleaded not guilty to the May 2009 murders of his wife and two children and is jailed without bond.

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