A Year Ago Today: Christopher Coleman Introduced Us To a New Kind of Monster
|The Coleman family.|
The 32-year-old Coleman, an evangelical Christian and bodyguard for a televangelist, said he was at the gym for a pre-dawn workout and was concerned that his wife Sheri and their two young boys, Garett and Gavin, weren't answering the home phone.
Police arrived at Coleman's house at 6:52 a.m. on May 5, 2009, to find Sheri and the boys strangled to death and graffiti spray-painted on the walls of the home. Later police would discover that Coleman kept a mistress in Florida, and told the woman he would soon be leaving his wife to marry her.
Coleman has maintained his innocence. A trial is scheduled for later this year in Monroe County. Last month a judge agreed to bring in jurors from outside the St. Louis region on the belief that local residents may have already formed an opinion about Coleman.