Jury selection continues in Coleman triple-murder trial

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Associated Press

Posted on April 12, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 13 at 8:34 AM

Complete coverage of Chris Coleman trial

PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Jurors being considered for the southwestern Illinois trial of a man accused of strangling his wife and their two sons were told by a judge to "just become a machine" and detached in impartially hearing the case.

Potential jurors from a pool of 300 in Perry County filled out questionnaires Monday. Dozens of them on Tuesday were to be formally questioned by attorneys on both sides of the case involving Christopher Coleman.

The jurors who are selected will hear the case in Monroe County, where Coleman has pleaded not guilty in the May 2009 killings.

Prosecutors believe that Coleman strangled his family to further an affair with a Florida girlfriend and to avoid losing his job that had a no-divorce policy for employees.

Opening statements are scheduled for April 25.

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