WATERLOO, Ill. -- A southwestern Illinois judge has tossed a lawsuit against a televangelist filed by the family of a woman who was strangled along with her two sons.
St. Clair County Associate Judge Richard Aguirre this week signed the order dismissing the lawsuit against Missouri-based Joyce Meyer Ministries. But he said it can be refiled within 30 days—something an attorney for the family says they will do.
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.