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I just learned about this story recently, though it happened last year.
Christopher Coleman, the former security chief for
televangelist Joyce Meyer, was found guilty this week of murdering his family.
Jurors also determined that he is eligible for the death penalty.
Coleman was convicted Thursday of strangling his wife and two
sons, who were 11 and 9, in 2009.
Pulled into the case, Meyer testified that she was unaware
that Coleman was having an affair until she was informed by the police.
According to the Belleville News Democrat, the well-known evangelist and
speaker said he would have been fired if he was having an extra-marital affair.
Prosecutors argued that Coleman carried out the murder to
keep his job and continue his relationship with the other woman, who was his
A wrongful death lawsuit was filed earlier this week in
Monroe County in Illinois by the wife's family against Joyce Meyer Ministries
"for its failure to recognize that accused family murderer Christopher
Coleman was a threat to his wife and two sons," according to a statement.
The lawsuit claims that the organization should have been
aware of Coleman being a threat because he was sending threatening messages to
his family from his employee issued computer and cell phone.
"This tragic murder would have been preventable if Joyce Meyer Ministries had responded to the threats and the extramarital affair and warned Sheri appropriately," said Antonio M. Romanucci, an attorney.