Joyce Meyer Ministries Wrongful Death Suit Refiled
In 2009, Sheri Coleman and her two young sons were strangled to death in their Columbia, Illinois home. The individual who was convicted of these murders was the woman’s husband, Christopher Coleman.
For six months prior to the killings, Coleman sent anonymous death threats to his family alleging that someone was plotting their murders. He sent these for a long period of time in order to ensure that someone else would be blamed for the murders instead of himself. Coleman was the head security chief at Joyce Meyer Ministries in Fenton, Illinois.
According to investigators that are attached to the case, Coleman wanted to kill his wife and two small boys in order to move to Florida and begin a new life with a girlfriend that he had acquired. Coleman was convicted of the murders two years after he carried them out, and will spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole.
The brother and mother of Sheri Coleman filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Joyce Meyer Ministries on behalf of Sheri and her sons. The lawsuit was filed in Monroe County and claimed that the ministry should have known that Sheri’s husband was behind the death threats towards her and her children. The lawsuit also stated that Sheri should have been informed of this information in order to take necessary precautions to protect herself and her family.
The initial wrongful death lawsuit was dismissed by a judge in the case. The reason for the dismissal was deemed to be the lack of proper allegations in regards to the slayings. A new wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Joyce Meyer Ministries, this time alleging that the ministry failed to provide security to the Coleman family, and knew of changing behaviors within Christopher Coleman, but failed to report them to the proper authorities.