Chris Coleman, 32, under arrest May 19, 2009.
(AP Photo/Belleville News-Democrat)
WATERLOO, Ill. (AP) Chris Coleman, the southwestern Illinois
man accused of strangling to death his wife and two young sons, will likely seek to have his upcoming trial moved out of Monroe County, said his attorney.
Thirty-two-year-old Coleman pleaded not guilty yesterday and was ordered held without bond. During a roughly five-minute court appearance, he stood in an orange jail jumpsuit next to his attorney and was shackled at the ankles and waist.
He is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 31-year-old Sheri Coleman and their children, 11-year-old Garett and 9-year-old Gavin.
All three were found dead in their Columbia home on May 5. Authorities have said they were all strangled with some type of wire, rope or cord.
Coleman's attorney, William Margulis, said after the hearing that Coleman maintains his innocence. The judge set a preliminary hearing for June 10.