Judge to decide today if Chris Coleman will get state money to pay for attorney

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Posted on September 3, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 22 at 11:11 AM

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Belleville, IL? (KMOV.com) --? , the Columbia, Illinois man charged with killing his family, is claiming he is broke and needs help paying for his defense.

Today, Judge Milton Wharton will oversee a hearing to decide whether or not to declare Coleman indigent. Meaning, his financial situation is in such poor shape that he needs state funding to pay his attorneys.?

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The affidavit that outlines Coleman's financial situation reports that he is upside down on his mortgage. That means he owes more money on the house, than what it is worth.

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The estimated value of his Columbia home is $195,000 while he still owes $240,000.

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The paperwork also says Coleman has $500 in the bank and $1,000 in assets like his SUV.

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Coleman qualifies for the state money because he's facing the death penalty.

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If the judge agrees, the money will come out of the .

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The hearing is set for Friday at 1:30 at the Monroe County courthouse.

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Coleman is accused of murder in the strangling deaths of his wife

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