WATERLOO, Ill. (AP) -- A Florida judge has ordered the alleged mistress of a southwestern Illinois man charged with killing his wife and two sons to testify at his trial next month.
Pinellas-Pasco Chief Judge Thomas McGrady on Thursday granted an out-of-state witness request from Monroe County State's Attorney Kris Reitz for Tara Lintz of St. Petersburg.
Prosecutors say Christopher Coleman strangled his wife and children at their Columbia home in May 2009 to escape his marriage and be with Lintz. Coleman has pleaded not guilty.
The St. Petersburg Times reports Lintz told the judge that she didn't want to testify because she didn't want to miss work and have to face the media. She also implied she fears for her safety.
Two detectives will escort Lintz to Illinois. Coleman's trial begins April 25.
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