(KMOV) – As week two of the Chris Coleman triple murder trial got underway, the prosecution spent their time Monday morning concentrating on physical evidence. Prosecuting attorneys are trying to prove that despite Chris Coleman's claims, there is no physical evidence that anyone else was in the Coleman house the day his wife, Sheri and the couple's two young sons, Garett and Gavin, were murdered.
On Monday, forensic scientists from the Illinois State Police took the stand.
Melody Levault, forensic lab expert with Illinois State Police, analyzed hair samples that were found at the scene of the murders. She said that long, dark strands of hair were found on Gavin Coleman's left arm and near Garett Coleman's head. Levault testified that the hair didn't belong to either of the boys, but it was consistent with Sheri Coleman's hair. The hair was 14 inches long and was artificially colored, like Sheri's.
The prosecution believes that Sheri Coleman was strangled first and her hair was still on the cord that was then used to strangle the boys. They believe that's how her hair ended up on the boys' bodies. The defense pointed out that none of Chris Coleman's hair was found on any of the bodies.