Coleman case cost Illinois fund nearly $500,000 -

Coleman case cost Illinois fund nearly $500,000

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By Afton Spriggs By Afton Spriggs






SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A published report says the prosecution and defense of a southwestern Illinois man sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for strangling his wife and their two sons has cost a state fund almost $500,000 so far.

The state's Capital Litigation Trust Fund was established after Illinois' death penalty moratorium was imposed to ensure death-penalty defendants had access to competent counsel.

Illinois abolished the death penalty earlier this year, so the fund will end effective July 1.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the preliminary total in the case of Christopher Coleman is $494,450. The newspaper cites payment vouchers released by the Illinois treasurer's office. Not all fees have been added in yet.

Coleman was convicted last week by a jury on three counts of first-degree murder.


Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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