Judge Limits Testimony on Handwriting in Christopher Coleman Triple Murder

Kevin Killeen

ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–In the Christopher Coleman triple murder case,  a Monroe County judge grants a defense motion to limit testimony about spray painted messages found at the murder scene.

Circuit Judge Milton Wharton issues an order barring handwriting expert, Lindell Moore from talking about a 2009 report by Illinois State Police handwriting analyst Richard Johnson. 

The jury won’t hear Moore talking about conclusions Johnson may have made about any alleged similarities between Christopher Coleman’s handwriting and spray painted messages found in the Coleman house near the bodies. 

Wharton’s order also says he will rule on “all remaining issues” surrounding the handwriting expert as objections arise during the trial. 

Coleman is accused of killing his wife, Sheri , and two young children in their Columbia, Illinois home in May of 2009.    Coleman was allegedly having an affair with a Florida woman, and seeking a way out of his marriage without going to divorce court.   Coleman had a six-figure security guard job with the Joyce Meyer ministry, which has a “no divorce” policy for its employees. 

In a separate order, the judge granted a motion by the state to take video depositions April 6 from Joyce Meyer and her son Daniel Meyer.  The Meyers are scheduled to be touring when the trial is underway later this month.

Meanwhile, the judge has not yet ruled on whether to allow testimony by a language expert, who is expected to allege similarities between the known e-mails of Christopher Coleman and the language patterns of threatening letters sent to the Colemans before the killings, and similar patterns in spray painted messages at the murder scene. 

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday, April 11. 

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