Courthouse confrontation at Chris Coleman trial

9:49 PM, Apr 27, 2011   |    comments
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A video of Christopher Coleman's interview with police plays in the darkened courtroom. In this segment, Coleman explains how he got some marks on his arm. (Credit: Dan Martin/St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

By Casey Nolen

Waterloo, IL (KSDK) - Some tense moments at the courthouse Wednesday in the Chris Coleman triple murder trial, involving Coleman's brother and a detective who was on the witness stand.

As court was letting out for the day, U.S. Marshal Justin Barlow stepped down from the witness stand and looked at Coleman's brother, Brad, and said something to the effect of, "Are you okay? You need something?" The statement appeared to put Brad Coleman on the spot, who seemed surprised.

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After the courtroom cleared out, Barlow had the bailiffs call Brad Coleman back in to the courtroom and confronted him, saying he wasn't going to stand for any threats against him or his family.

Barlow is a former Columbia, Illinois police detective who interviewed Chris Coleman on the day he was accused of killing his wife and two sons. Barlow said as he stepped down from the witness box, he saw Brad Coleman mouth the words, "you're dead' to him.

The judge then called all of the attorneys, Coleman's brother and Barlow all back in to the courtroom. He swore both Barlow and Brad Coleman in and told him he would not tolerate any gestures of any kind, and said that he was in danger of being in contempt of court and getting arrested.

Brad Coleman insisted the whole thing was a misunderstanding, and in fact he and Barlow shook hands, but you could tell the former Columbia detective was upset by what he believes he saw.

The judge said he would be instructing the bailiffs to keep an eye on Brad Coleman.

NewsChannel 5's Ryan Dean and Casey Nolen are at the trial and are tweeting updates about the case @ksdknews.


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