A judge signed an order on Monday permanently preventing murder suspect Christopher Coleman from benefiting from the sale or disposal of assets, including the home where his wife and sons were found strangled on May 5.
The house will be sold, but any proceeds won't go to Coleman, who is accused of murdering his wife and two sons. Jack Carey, the lawyer representing Sheri Coleman's family in the wrongful death suit, said there may not be any money recovered from the home's sale.
"I have heard from the other side that there has been a notice of foreclosure on the house," Carey said Monday.
The Colemans may have owed more on the house than what it is worth, Carey said. Six months ago Sheri Coleman signed a quit-claim deed on her house, surrendering her ownership to the house at 2954 Robert Drive in Columbia. But Sheri Coleman remained on the $230,850 mortgage for the same house. The original mortgage on the home in 2005 was $202,269. The new mortgage would have reflected between $28,000 and $30,000 in cash equity that would have been taken from the home, Carey has said.
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Carey and Chicago attorney Enrico Mirabelli, Sheri's cousin, said they will investigate what happened to the equity as the lawsuit proceeds.
The money will be put in a trust account of one of the attorneys who sued Coleman for the wrongful death of Sheri Coleman and sons Garett, 11, and Gavin, 9, according to the order signed by Circuit Judge Mike O'Malley.
The wrongful death suit was filed last month on behalf of Sheri Coleman's mother, Angela DeCicco, and her brother, Mario Weiss, by Carey and Mirabelli. Joyce Meyer Ministries and Ronald Coleman, Christopher Coleman's father and head of the Chester-based Grace Church Ministries, were asked to produce documents in connection with the wrongful death suit.
Earlier this month, O'Malley signed an order temporarily barring Christopher Coleman from selling or disposing of any of the assets of Sheri, Garett or Gavin's estate. Monday's court order makes permanent that temporary order and allows Angela DeCicco, Sheri's mother and Garett and Gavin's grandmother, to enter the home, take inventory and remove items belonging to her daughter and grandsons.
O'Malley's order allows Christopher Coleman and his agents to remove furniture from the home and put it in storage in Percy.
Carey has said he expects to receive information through the discovery process that could point to further assets, such as bank accounts or other property. The complaint states that this information could come from Christopher Coleman's former employer, Joyce Meyer Ministries in St. Louis, where he worked as a supervisor of security.
Meyer and the Rev. Ronald Coleman, Christopher Coleman's father, were named as "respondents in discovery." The lawsuit names only one defendant, Christopher Coleman.
According to court documents, Christopher Coleman was involved in an extramarital affair with dog-track waitress Tara Lintz, of St. Petersburg, Fla., who was a good friend of Sheri Coleman. Coleman told Lintz in a telephone conversation the night before the murders that he expected his wife would receive divorce papers the next day.
Coleman and Lintz planned on marrying in January 2010.