Trial to begin in strangling of Illinois family

Trial to begin in strangling of Illinois family

Trial to begin in strangling of Illinois family

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Posted on April 9, 2011 at 6:36 PM

COLUMBIA, Ill. (AP) -- Enrico Mirabelli and other relatives of Sheri Coleman remember reacting with numbed silence to the horrific news.

Coleman and her two young sons were found strangled in their beds, sinister graffiti spray-painted on the walls.

Now, nearly two years later, the family is bracing for the trial of Coleman's husband, Christopher.

Prosecutors say he wiped out his family in a scheme to advance an affair and protect his job with a televangelist whose operation had a no-divorce policy for employees.

Also bracing are the family's former neighbors in the southwest Illinois town of Columbia, where the Coleman house stands vacant.

Jury selection begins Monday in the oft-delayed Monroe County case against Coleman, a former Marine accused of a crime that has transfixed much of the St. Louis metropolitan area.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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