WATERLOO, Ill. (AP) -- Defense attorneys for a southwestern Illinois man accused of strangling his wife and their two children are trying to block a push by prosecutors to allow the dead woman's texts about marital discord to be allowed as trial evidence.
Christopher Coleman is scheduled to stand trial in February in Monroe County in the May 2009 deaths of his wife, Sheri, and their sons, ages 9 and 11. Their bodies were found in the family's Columbia home.
Coleman has pleaded not guilty.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that prosecutors, in court papers filed Tuesday, say Sheri Coleman told friends that her husband had physically abused her and said he wanted a divorce.
The defense counters that such texts and statements are inadmissible hearsay.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com
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