Appeals court reinstates Coleman family lawsuit

WATERLOO, Ill. (AP) _ An Illinois appeals court has reinstated the wrongful-death lawsuit claiming Joyce Meyer Ministries should have done more to prevent Christopher Coleman from killing his family.

The Fifth District Appellate Court on Tuesday remanded the lawsuit back to the circuit court. It was filed on behalf of the family of Sheri Coleman, Christopher Coleman’s wife.

Coleman strangled his wife and two sons inside the family’s Columbia home in 2009. He was security chief for the suburban St. Louis-based televangelist. Prosecutors said Coleman was having an affair and didn’t want to divorce because it would cost him his job.

The lawsuit alleges the ministry should have known Coleman was behind anonymous threats made before the killings. Attorneys for Joyce Meyer Ministries argued that the employer isn’t responsible for ensuring an employee’s conduct.

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