Bodies of murdered Coleman family moved to Chicago area

2012-12-20T00:00:00Z 2014-07-31T18:58:54Z Bodies of murdered Coleman family moved to Chicago areaBy Marlon A. Walker mwalker@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8104 stltoday.com

CHESTER, Ill. • The bodies of Sheri Coleman and her two young sons were taken Wednesday to new graves in northern Illinois, Evergreen Cemetery Sexton Mark Gibbs said.

Gibbs said the bodies were exhumed Tuesday morning and taken on a truck Wednesday to the Chicago area, where Sheri Coleman’s family lives. On a permit application for the move, her family had listed the Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Cook County as the destination.

In court last month, Sheri Coleman’s family won the right to relocate the bodies from Evergreen Cemetery, a site chosen by her husband, Christopher Coleman. He later was convicted of strangling Sheri, and their sons — Garett, 11, and Gavin, 9 — in their beds at their Columbia, Ill., home. They were found on May 5, 2009.

Prosecutors said he killed them rather than risk a divorce that would expose an extramarital affair and thus potentially jeopardize his job as security chief for televangelist Joyce Meyer.

Christopher Coleman is appealing his May 2011 murder convictions. His parents had fought unsuccessfully in court to keep the bodies in Chester, where they live, at least until the appeals are over. Sheri Coleman’s family said her only connection to Chester was her husband.

Marlon A. Walker covers Illinois general news for stltoday.com and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @marlonawalker

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