Final Pre-Trial Hearing For Coleman; Jury Selection Next Week
WATERLOO, Ill. (KMOX) – With jury selection set to begin next week, the judge in the Christopher Coleman triple murder trial will hold one more pre-trial hearing Thursday.
Judge Milton Wharton will issue his ruling on whether about six hours of videotaped conversation between Coleman and police recorded the day of the killings can be used as evidence.
Defense attorneys claim that in those hours after his wife and two sons were found strangled to death in their Columbia, Illinois home, Coleman should not have been questioned because he was neither booked nor charged.
At one point they say Coleman said, “I can go, right, if I want to?” and was told, “No.”
They also argue that Coleman’s interrogation was long and unfair and his statements, which prosecutors say changed after he was confronted with some evidence, were the product of duress.
Wharton has indicated he’ll watch the entire video before issuing his ruling.
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