Coleman denies affair in taped interview played for jurors

Coleman denies affair in taped interview played for jurors

Monroe County State's attorney Kris Reitz delivers his opening statement to the jury as Circuit Judge Milton Wharton looks on. Credit: Dan Martin/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Posted on April 27, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 26 at 7:58 PM

(KMOV) – Jurors in the Chris Coleman murder trial continued to watch an interview with the accused killer that was recorded by police just four hours after Coleman’s wife and children were found strangled.

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On Wednesday, jurors heard Coleman testify about the threats he said he received at his home.

According to Chris Coleman the threats said that he needed to quit his job and that the company he worked for was taking money from people.

A detective asked, “Do people think your employer is not on the up and up? That it’s a scam?"
Coleman replied, “Definitely.”
In the taped interview, Coleman admitted to police that he and his wife Sherri had marital problems. Coleman said that the problems started in November and that the couple had discussed divorce. He told detectives that he and Sherri had started seeing a counselor on the advice of Joyce Meyer and their marriage was better.
Coleman also told detectives that he and his family had a trip to Disney planned for August.
In the interview, Coleman also gave police permission to search his computer and phone records.
Detectives asked Coleman if he had been seeing anyone else outside of his marriage and his answer was, "No. Not really."
Coleman mentioned Tara Lintz from Florida but said she was a friend. He said they, "just talked."
Prior testimony revealed that Coleman had an ongoing sexual relationship with Lintz. Coleman's defense team did not try to dispute that.
Coleman was asked what Sherri thought about him talking Tara. He replied, “I’m sure she was a little jealous.” But he said that Sherri and Tara were good friends.
In the taped interview, Coleman denied having any affair with Tara. Police discussed information from the Tampa Police Department that Coleman allegedly texted naked pictures of himself to Tara.
Coleman admitted sending pictures to her from his work phone. He then admitted to having a sexual relationship with her, but denied it was an affair.
"We got together a couple of times. I wouldn't call it an affair," said Coleman.
Police knew he traveled to Hawaii with Tara. They also knew she used his personal credit card to pay some her bills.
"Chris, the physical evidence doesn't lie. She (Sherri) wasn't alive when you left this morning. The kids weren't alive when you left," said police in the taped interview.
Coleman replied, "Yes they were" and sobbed.

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