SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A published report says the prosecution and defense of a southwestern Illinois man sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for strangling his wife and their two sons has cost a state fund almost $500,000 so far.
The state's Capital Litigation Trust Fund was established after Illinois' death penalty moratorium was imposed to ensure death-penalty defendants had access to competent counsel.
Illinois abolished the death penalty earlier this year, so the fund will end effective July 1.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the preliminary total in the case of Christopher Coleman is $494,450. The newspaper cites payment vouchers released by the Illinois treasurer's office. Not all fees have been added in yet.
Coleman was convicted last week by a jury on three counts of first-degree murder.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com
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