CARBONDALE, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Chris Coleman, who is imprisoned for the murder of his wife and two children, has made an appeal to the Illinois State Appellate Court on Wednesday for his conviction to be overturned.
Coleman’s attorney stated that his client did not receive a fair trial in 2011, adding that the evidence and testimony from the trial turned the jury against Coleman.
“There’s a number of exhibits that were completely over the top, completely out of bounds that tended to paint Chris as just an objectionable person, a person worthy of disgust and hate which has not business in this trial,” said Peter Wise, attorney for Coleman.
Coleman is a former Marine and pastor's son who was convicted in 2011 for strangling his wife Sheri Coleman, 31, and their two sons, ages 11 and 9 in 2009. Prosecutors said Coleman staged the crime scene to make it look like an intruder was responsible so that he could start a new life with his then girlfriend Tara Lintz.
Jurors deliberated for 15 hours over two days before finding Christopher Coleman guilty of three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Sheri Coleman and their two sons.
Coleman is currently in prison serving a life sentence.
It is unknown when the three judges for the fifth appellate court will make a decision on the appeal, though it could take several months.