Judge again dismisses Coleman lawsuit against Joyce Meyer Ministries

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 20 at 7:45 PM

(KMOV.com) -- A Judge has again dismissed a lawsuit filed against a Missouri-based televangelist by the family of a woman who was strangled along with her two sons.

This is the second time Judge Richard Aguirre has tossed the lawsuit against Joyce Meyer Ministries filed by the Coleman family. 
 
While serving as Meyer’s security chief in 2009, Christopher Coleman killed his wife, Sheri Coleman, and their two young sons at the Coleman home in Columbia.
 
The family believes Meyer could have intervened and prevented the killings.
 
Lawyers for the ministry had called the lawsuit meritless because the ministry had nothing to do with the deaths, and it was dismissed. 
 
The Coleman family lawyers refiled under the claim that Joyce Meyer Ministries could have used their electronic communication policy to investigate Coleman's email account. Coleman reportedly sent several threatening emails to his family. 
 
However, Judge Aguirre again that the case comes down to foreseeability. According to him, the ministry is not responsible for foreseeing the murder before it happened.
 
Attorneys behind the suit say they will appeal.
 
Coleman is now serving a life sentence.
 
 

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