- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois attorney is trying to overturn the conviction of a client who was found guilty of murdering his wife and two children.

The lawyer representing Chris Coleman says the trial was unfair because prosecutors showed “salacious” photos and video of Coleman and his lover. The prosecution used the evidence to prove he killed his family so he could be with his mistress. Peter Wise, Coleman’s lawyer, argued the photos and videos weren’t relevant to the case.

Wise also says the state didn’t prove its case against his client beyond a reasonable doubt.

Coleman was convicted in the 2009 strangling death of his wife, Sherri, 11-year-old son, Garrett, and 9-year-old son, Gavin.

The Belleville News-Democrat (https://bit.ly/1tlCPjC ) reports a message seeking comment Wednesday wasn’t returned by Wise.


Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, https://www.bnd.com

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