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Chris Coleman new trial appeal denied

3:16 PM, Jun 27, 2011   |    comments
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Monroe County, IL (KSDK) - A judge has denied Chris Coleman's attorneys motion for a new trial.

The attorneys presented more than a dozen objections to Judge Milton Wharton about how the first trial was conducted.

The lawyers have not yet said if they will appeal Judge Wharton's decision. Judge Wharton was the judge during the trial. 

Coleman is serving a life in prison sentence at the Pontiac, Illinois Correctional Center after a jury found him guilty of murdering his wife and two sons.

His attorneys cited 15 reasons for the appeal. One point claims that the defense motion for a mistrial was denied after the jury sent a note that the members were hung. They also said there should have been a mistrial when a friend of murder victim Sheri Coleman said in court that Sheri told her "Chris beat" her. They claim the friend intentionally made the statement to prejudice the defendant.

Read the Coleman appeal documents

They also cited that two jurors told the media the jury decided to vote for a conviction after examining a time stamped on the back of a photo that showed Coleman with the woman he had an affair with, Tara Lintz. The date was earlier than when the two allegedly started having the affair. The lawyers claim the extra-judicial evidence led to the jury's conviction verdict.
Coleman's defense team wants his conviction tossed out or a new trial if the court finds it appropriate.

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