Coleman bodies to remain in Chester, for now

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The gravesite at Evergreen Cemetery in Chester. (Alan Dooley photo)

A judge in Randolph County ruled Tuesday that the bodies of a Columbia mother and her two sons cannot be exhumed from their current resting place in a Chester cemetery.

According to the Belleville News-Democrat, Judge Richard Brown issued a stay during a hearing, meaning the bodies of murder victims Sheri, Garett and Gavin Coleman cannot be exhumed.

Lawyers for both sides met in court Tuesday afternoon to argue the matter.Judge Brown scheduled a Nov. 5 hearing to decide whether to issue a preliminary injunction permanently barring exhumation of the bodies.
Representing the Sheri Coleman family, attorney Jack Carey attempted to have a restraining order lifted so the bodies could be exhumed and moved to Chicago, Sheri’s hometown.

Rev. Ron Coleman, father of Chris Coleman, the former security chief for televangelist Joyce Meyer who was convicted of murdering his wife and two sons, is seeking to keep the bodies in Chester.

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