UPDATE: Father of murdered family resigns from job

4:06 PM, May 15, 2009   |    comments
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KSDK -- A man whose family was found murdered last week in their Columbia, Illinois home has stepped down from his security job with Joyce Meyer Ministries.

However, attorney William Margulis declined to discuss details as to why his client, Chris Coleman, resigned.

The Joyce Meyer Ministries released the following statement on Friday afternoon:

"After an internal inquiry, it was discovered that Chris Coleman failed to follow ministry policy during his employment. On Wednesday, May 13, Mr. Coleman submitted his resignation.

"'As we mourn the loss of this precious family, we must remember that in difficult times like these, what's most important is to find strength and comfort in our faith. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those involved,' said Joyce Meyer.

"Joyce Meyer Ministries continues to assist the authorities in their investigation and is fully com-mitted to the judicial process."

In the meantime, a spokesman for the Major Case Squad has said the team investigating the murders has disbanded and turned the case over to authorities in Columbia.

On Wednesday, Major Jeff Connor, head of the Major Case Squad, announced the group had identified a suspect in the slayings, but would not identify that person since the Monroe County State's Attorney needs more evidence.

The bodies of 31-year-old Sheri Coleman and her two sons -- 11-year-old Garett and 9-year-old Gavin -- were found May 5 in their Columbia home.


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