Lawyer: Church collection could be helping Coleman -

Lawyer: Church collection could be helping Coleman

CHESTER, Ill. (AP) -- A southwestern Illinois man charged with killing his wife and two sons may be benefiting from money collected at his father's church to pay their funeral expenses.

That's according to a lawyer representing the family of Sheri Coleman, who was found strangled in her Columbia home on May 5 along with her sons Garett and Gavin.

Christopher Coleman is being held without bond on charges of first-degree murder in their deaths.

Attorney Jack Carey wants an accounting of the collections gathered at the wake and funeral at Grace Church Ministries in Chester. Carey says he was contacted by a donor who was concerned about where the money was going.

Christopher Coleman's father is the church's minister. A message left at the church was not immediately returned Sunday evening.

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