Group investigating Columbia, Ill. triple killings narrows - KMOV.com

Group investigating Columbia, Ill. triple killings narrows

COLUMBIA, Ill. (AP) -- The pool of investigators looking into the killings of a southwestern Illinois woman and her two children has shrunk.

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The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis has ended its part of the probe of the May 5 deaths of 31-year-old Sheri Coleman and her sons, 11-year-old Garett and 9-year-old Gavin.

Their bodies were found in their Columbia home.

The major case squad included nearly two dozen investigators and assisted in the case almost immediately after the killings surfaced. It disbanded within days of investigators presenting their case last week on a suspect to the Monroe County state's attorney.

That prosecutor opted to defer filing any charges, saying he wanted to wait for more evidence to be tested.

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