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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.?
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.
The estimated value of his Columbia home is $195,000 while he still owes $240,000.
The paperwork also says Coleman has $500 in the bank and $1,000 in assets like his SUV.
Coleman qualifies for the state money because he's facing the death penalty.
If the judge agrees, the money will come out of the .
The hearing is set for Friday at 1:30 at the Monroe County courthouse.
Coleman is accused of murder in the strangling deaths of his wife