Father of murdered family has his fingerprints taken by police

By Calvin Palmer

The southwest Illinois man whose wife and two sons were strangled at their home last week had his fingerprints taken by police this afternoon.

At a news conference, Maj Jeff Connor, commander of the Major Case Squad of Greater St Louis said investigators had requested the fingerprints of 32-year-old Chris Coleman, of Columbia, to compare with evidence found in the home.

Sheri Coleman, 31, and sons Garret, 11, and Gavin, nine, were found dead by police last Tuesday after Connor asked police to do a wellness check on them.

Coleman went to Columbia Police Department with his attorney.

The investigation involving 20 detectives entered its sixth day today and will likely continue for several days, said Connor.

He would not be drawn on naming any potential suspects.

Connor said: “We’re still not prepared to call anyone a suspect.”

He said he would not disclose any suspect’s name unless the person is charged.

[Based on a report by the Belleville News-Democrat.]

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