The mother and brother of Sheri Coleman want to bring her body and the bodies of her boys, Garett and Gavin, back to Chicago, but it's going to take a legal battle.
Jack Carey, lawyer for Angela DiCicco, Sheri's mother, and Mario DiCicco, Sheri's brother, filed a petition Friday to remove a preliminary injunction so they can exhume the bodies from a Chester cemetery to be moved and interred in Chicago -- Sheri's hometown.
Randolph County Circuit Judge Richard A. Brown granted the temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in November on the motion of Ronald and Connie Coleman, Christopher Coleman's parents.
This barred the removal of the bodies of Sherri, Garett and Gavin Coleman.
Under the law, a hearing on a temporary restraining order must be within 10 days. The preliminary injunction was entered the same day -- without a hearing and without notice to the DiCiccos, Carey said.
Richard Whitney, the lawyer for the Colemans, said he intends to oppose the exhumation of the bodies at least until after Christopher Coleman's first appeal is complete.
Carey was notified of the temporary restraining order by phone, according to Whitney, and didn't hear opposition so he proceeded.
"It seemed like it was all quiet until now," Whitney said.
No hearing date has been set.
Christopher Coleman was convicted of the murder of his wife and sons in May 2011 in Monroe County. There is an Illinois law, called the slayer statute, that states when a person has been found guilty of murder, they can no longer inherit or make any decisions regarding that person's estate. That extends to Coleman's heirs -- Ron and Connie Coleman, Carey said.
In the days following the Coleman murders, Sheri Coleman's family went to court to get an order that would allow them to bring the bodies north for a memorial service after Christopher Coleman refused to allow it. After the service, the bodies were returned to Chester, where Coleman grew up and where his father is a minister.
On Thursday, a suit brought by DiCicco and Wiess against Joyce Meyer Ministries, where Coleman worked as Meyer's personal bodyguard, was thrown out by St. Clair County Associate Judge Richard Aguirre.
Christopher Coleman is serving life in prison in an undisclosed state. Christopher Coleman was engaged in an affair with his wife's high school best friend, Florida dog-track waitress Tara Lintz. The murders occurred, according to police and prosecutors, because Coleman wanted to marry Lintz but did not want to lose his $100,000-per-year job with the ministry.