(KMOV) -- For the first time, televangelist Joyce Meyer is answering questions about the Christopher Coleman murder case. The accused murderer was Meyer’s former head of security.
On Wednesday afternoon, Meyer met at the Monroe County Courthouse where Coleman’s triple murder trial will take place in a few weeks. Meyer was there to testify about what she knows about Coleman and the case. She arrived at the courthouse with her son Dan, the CEO of her ministry. She did not speak to the media on her way into the courtroom and was inside answering questions for about an hour.
After leaving the courtroom, Meyer said, “Iwas asked to testify by the state's attorney which I just did. I answered the questions honestly and truthfully. I have cooperated all along the way. They have requested I not discuss this case any further because it's an ongoing case.”
Chris Coleman is accused of killing his wife Sheri, and their sons Gavin and Garret in May 2009. Officials have said that the motive in the murders had to do with Chris Coleman having an affair and not being able to get a divorce because he would lose his job.
News 4’s Russell Kinsaul asked Joyce Meyer if she thought her no-divorce policy played a role in the murders, but she wouldn’t answer. Meyer didn’t want to answer any specific questions about the case or about Coleman, but when Kinsaul asked if she was praying for Chris Coleman, she replied, “Certainly.”
This was Meyer’s first appearance in public in relation to the Coleman murder case. It was also the first time she’s come face-to-face with Coleman, her former head of security, since he’s been charged with murder.
Wednesday’s hearing was not open to the public. An attorney for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch argued that the deposition should be done in open court, but the judge did not agree.
Meyer's deposition will be played to the jury once the trial begins. Opening statements in the case are scheduled for April 25.