COPY-Man accused of killing wife, sons gets new judge

Associated Press - June 23, 2009 5:34 PM ET

WATERLOO, Ill. (AP) - A new judge will preside over the case of a southwestern Illinois man charged with killing his wife and two sons.

St. Clair County Chief Judge John Baricevic (bar-ah-SEV'-ic) assigned the case to himself on Monday.

Monroe County Circuit Judge Dennis Doyle used to have the case, but he stepped down at the request of attorneys for Christopher Coleman.

Baricevic isn't certified to hear death penalty cases, so if prosecutors seek the death penalty for Coleman, another judge will be named.

Coleman is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the May 5 slayings of Sheri Coleman and their sons, Garett and Gavin. The bodies were found in the family's Columbia home.

Coleman has pleaded not guilty. He remains jailed in Waterloo without bond.

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