Source: Coleman jury asks for definition of reasonable doubt

1:40 PM, May 5, 2011   |    comments
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Waterloo, Ill (KSDK) -- A source tells NewsChannel 5 the Chris Coleman murder trial jury asked for the definition of reasonable doubt and asked to see the window from the Coleman home.

The jury resumed their second day of deliberations at 10:00 a.m. Thursday. They spent five hours deliberating on Wednesday and wrapped at 8:00 p.m.

During the trial, the defense repeatedly told the jury there was reasonable doubt in the case and that no physical evidence linked Coleman to the murders.

Prosecutors claim Coleman strangled his wife and their two sons at their Columbia, Illinois home on May 5, 2009. They claim he did it because he wanted to be with his mistress and feared he could lose his job in security for Joyce Meyer Ministries if he divorced his wife.

When police arrived at the Coleman home after the murders, they found a back window open.

Rick Sawdey, who works for the company that made the windows, testified that the window was not damaged and that the window has a forced entry resistance mechanism that prevents anyone from entering from the outside. He said there was no damage to the locks and it did not appear to have ever been forcefully opened.

The jury in the Chris Coleman murder trial could decide his fate on the second anniversary of the deaths of his wife, Sheri, and their two sons, Gavin and Garett.

NewsChannel 5's Ryan Dean and Casey Nolen are following the trial.  Follow their tweet updates @ksdknews.


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