WATERLOO, Ill. (AP) -- Friends of an Illinois woman strangled along with her two children say she sought to save her unraveling marriage while fearing her husband, once confiding that that man now accused in the killings should be a suspect if anything happened to her.
Sheri Coleman's acquaintances testified during a hearing Tuesday in Monroe County. That's where Christopher Coleman's prosecutors and defense attorneys are at odds over whether such accounts from as many as 13 witnesses should be allowed during Coleman's February trial.
Circuit Judge Milton Wharton deferred deciding the matter.
Coleman has pleaded not guilty and is jailed in the May 2009 killings of Sheri Coleman and their two sons.
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