By Calvin Palmer
Police last night arrested a southwest Illinois man and charged him with murdering his wife and two young children.
Maj Jeff Connor with the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis says Chris Coleman, 32, of Columbia, was arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree murder after investigators learned of critical evidence.
Connor would not specify whether it was completely new evidence or forensic information from previous evidence.
Investigators recovered a glove with red spray paint on a median along Interstate 255, the route Coleman would have taken to the gym.
A similar color paint was used by the killer to scrawl a message on a wall in the Coleman home. The message said something to the effect of, “I told you this would happen”.
Sheri Coleman, 31, and sons Garett, 11, and Gavin 9, were found dead in their bedrooms at home in Columbia on May 5.
Connor confirmed that the three died of ligature strangulation.
Coleman told police he was working out at a gym in St. Louis County on May 5 when his wife and children were killed in their home on Robert Avenue, sometime between 5:45 and 7:00 a.m.
Police discovered the bodies after Coleman asked them to perform a wellness check when he reported he could not contact his family by phone.
Coleman is being held at Monroe County Jail without bond. He is due to appear before a until judge today.
Before the announcement of the arrest, Sheri Coleman’s brother, Mario Weiss, issued a statement on behalf of himself and their parents thanking the Major Case Squad and urging state’s attorney to move forward and seek the truth.
He said his sister and her sons were “my heart, my soul, my pride and joy”.