Coleman Murder Victims’ Graves Won’t Be Moved, For Now

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COLUMBIA, IL (KTVI)-- The bodies of Sheri Coleman and her two sons will not be moved from their graves, at least for now.  A Randolph County judge will decide their final resting place next month.  

Sheri Coleman and her sons Gavin and Garett were strangled in their Columbia Illinois home in May 2009.  The husband and father, Chris Coleman, had the victims buried in his home of Chester, Illinois.  He was later convicted of murdering them.

Sheri`s family has wanted the bodies moved to a cemetery near them in Chicago.  That almost happened last year but Chris Coleman`s parents got a court order to stop it.  

The matter languished in the courts until Tuesday afternoon.  A judge said he will now hold a hearing on the issue next month to determine where the mother and sons will finally be laid to rest.  Chris` father Ron Coleman said, "We have the same rights say they do for our grandkids until Chris` appeals over we`re going to stand our ground." 

And, what about Sheri?  Coleman said, "Oh yes, we love her and I understand her mother wanting her." Should Sheri be moved?  Ron Coleman said, "No, I think they should be left where they are at.....because they are together they were family and this is Chris` family. Chris is innocent." 

Jack Carey an attorney for Sheri`s family said, "I think this is a fiction that they have this great loss for Christopher after they sat through that trial how they can stand and still believe in his innocence and not confront him."  Carey said the law is clear, a killer and the killer`s heirs have no rights to the victims. 

A judge will decide November 5th.

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