COLEMAN MURDERS: WARRANTS IN CHRIS COLEMAN MURDER INDICTMENT IN DEATHS OF SHERI, GARETT AND GAVIN UNSEALED
Columbia, Ill– Warrants outlining the chilling moments during the discovery of the bodies of Sheri Coleman, 31, her sons Garett 11, and Gavin 9, were unsealed today. Two letters containing threatening remarks that were sent to the Coleman home, were also released.
The search warrants were unsealed on a judges order in response to a Belleville News-Democrat request filed last week in Monroe County Circuit Court.
According to the court documents, contained within a report by Columbia Police Sgt. Jason Donjon, the first threat letter sent to the Coleman home, arrived January 1, 2009.
The contents reveal it was written to threaten an unnamed woman, presumably Sheri Coleman, and Chris Coleman’s apparent “protection” of her. Letter Excerpt:
“(Expletive)! Deny your God publicly or else! No more opportunities. Time is running out for you and your family.”
The letter, dated Jan. 1, referred to someone traveling to Asia, but doesn’t refer to anyone by name. Sheri Coleman participated in missionary trips to southeast Asia, including Cambodia.
“Have a good time in India (expletive)!” the letter concluded.
The second letter, dated April 27, 2009, also arriving at the Coleman home:
“I am giving you the last warning! You have not listened to me and you have not changed your ways. I have warned you to stop traveling and stop carrying on with this fake religious life of stealing people’s money.”
The letter referred to an unnamed woman.
“You think you are so special to do what you do protecting or think you are protecting her. She is a b*tch and not worth doing it. Stop today or else. I know your schedule. … This is my last warning. Your worst nightmare is about to happen!”
Undoubtedly, the most grisly revelations were contained within the report from the first scene responders of the Columbia Police Department. Detective Justin Barlows account from the scene:
“After searching the first level of the house and finding no one, we went upstairs to the second story. … As I walked up the stairs, I looked to my left and saw a white female, lying on her stomach,” Detective Justin Barlow wrote. Barlow found the body of Sheri Coleman naked, and face down.
“I saw she did not have any clothes on,” Barlow’s report said. “I yelled: ‘Columbia Police’ and she did not move. I called for an ambulance.’”
Barlow described red spray paint “…all over the walls on the first story.”
The officer said he tried to determine whether Sheri Coleman was alive, and noticed that rigor mortis had set in, which usually occurs within two to three hours, according to experts.
“I attempted to slightly roll her over in order to see her eyes and check for breathing. I noticed when I lifted her shoulder, her head and neck moved also. It appeared rigor mortis had set in. I noticed the skin of her chest and head appeared purple,” Barlow reported.
Within a few moments, according to Barlow’s report, a fellow officer shouted, “There are a total of three victims.”Barlow wrote in his report that he walked to the rear of an upstairs bedroom, “…and saw a younger boy lying on his bed. I checked for a pulse on the younger boy but found none. I also noticed his face appeared slightly purple.”
Also contained in the search warrants was a greeting card, found in the glove box of Colemans Green Ford Bronco, from a St. Petersburg, FL address that corresponds with that of the woman police have interviewed in their case against Chris Coleman. Also in the glove box, was an email for a bill for a Columbia PO Box from July, 2008, and a receipt for payment of same? (editors note: seems pretty dumb for someone who has gone to such an elaborate ruse to hide his crime to leave the proverbial smoking gun in his glove box. Perhaps Sheri confronted him with it and he forgot he stashed it in there, or perhaps he was unaware it was in there in the first place)
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a source within the Investigative Team has confirmed to blinkoncrime that the orange twine, found by detectives at the western end of the Jefferson Barracks Bridge, as indicated in an affidavit filed by Detective Karla Heine, matches that of similar twine found on 4 hay bales in the rear of the Coleman home.