Chris Coleman to receive state funding to pay his attorneys

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Posted on September 3, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 22 at 11:12 AM

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Belleville, IL? (KMOV.com) --? , the Columbia, Illinois man charged with killing his family, has been declared indigent by Judge Milton Wharton.

Meaning, his financial situation is in such poor shape that he needs state funding to pay two newly appointed attorneys.?

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Those attorneys will be paid by the taxpayers through the . Coleman still has his two previous attorneys. Those two will not be receiving funding.

The reported 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. The judge stated in court that none of the public defenders in Monroe County are certified to handle death penalty cases, that's why outside council was appointed.

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

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