MONROE COUNTY, Ill. ( – A judge will soon decide whether Chris Coleman will be granted a new trial.

Convicted killer seeking new trial in deaths of wife, 2 sons

Chris Coleman next to his family (Credit: KMOV / Family)

Coleman was convicted in 2011 for strangling his 31-year-old wife Sheri and their sons Gavin, 9, and Garrett, 11, at their home in Columbia, Illinois.

READ: Convicted killer seeking new trial in deaths of wife, 2 sons

Coleman is serving three life sentences. His attorneys are arguing that his defense was not adequate when the trial was held.

At a recent hearing, the judge said he is granting a new evidentiary hearing to determine if his defense was adequate and to decide whether evidence was properly handled.

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