2011 - November 29 - Judge blocks reburials of slain family for now
"A downstate judge has temporarily blocked a family's quest to have the remains of a
strangled woman and her two sons exhumed for reburial near her native Chicago, giving
him time to weigh arguments by the imprisoned killer and his parents that the bodies
should stay put.
Relatives of Sheri Coleman and her two boys had hoped to disinter the remains
Monday from a cemetery in Chester. The Randolph County community is the
hometown of Coleman's former husband, Christopher Coleman, who is serving
life sentences in the May 2009 killings.
Just hours before the planned exhumations, a judge there issued a temporary
restraining order sought by Christopher Coleman and his parents and halted
the exhumations pursued by Sheri Coleman's Chicago-area mother and brother.
"It's hard to envision that a murderer can dictate to the victims' family where they
must go to see their loved ones. It's malicious," Enrico Mirabelli, a Chicago attorney
who's a cousin of Sheri Coleman, said Tuesday. "We find the Colemans' actions
simply adding insult to injury, and we're confident the judge will reject their position."
Circuit Judge Richard Brown did not immediately set a hearing date.