Posted on April 19, 2011 at 10:08 AM
Tuesday, Apr 19 at 1:53 PM
PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A jury has been seated in the trial of a southwestern Illinois man accused of strangling his wife and their two sons.
The 12-member panel selected Tuesday includes 10 women and two men, along with four male alternates. Starting next week, they'll hear opening statements and testimony in the case against Christopher Coleman.
Jurors were chosen in Perry County and will be brought to Monroe County, where Coleman has pleaded not guilty in the May 2009 killings at the family's Columbia home.
Prosecutors contend Coleman strangled his family to further an affair with his girlfriend and to avoid losing his job, which had a no-divorce policy for employees.
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