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Christopher Coleman, Convicted Of Killing Wife And Sons, Appeals

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In this May 19, 2009 file photo, Christopher Coleman sits in a police car after he was charged with the murder of his wife and two children at the Columbia, Ill., Police Department. After Coleman's May 20 arraignment on three counts of first-degree murder, his attorney, William Margulis, said he'd likely try to have the trial moved to another county. (AP Photo/Zia Nizami, Belleville News-Democrat, File) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (AP) — A man serving life in prison for the 2009 killings of his wife and their two young sons in southwestern Illinois is asking for his convictions to be tossed on claims that decisions by the trial judge prejudiced jurors against him.

An attorney for Christopher Coleman argues in a petition with the Mount Vernon-based 5th District Appellate Court that jurors were wrongly allowed to see videos and photographs of Coleman and his lover.

Coleman's appeal also argues that prosecutors didn't sufficiently prove their case.

Thirty-seven-year-old Coleman was convicted of strangling his wife and sons at the Coleman's Columbia home in 2009.

He is serving his life sentences at a prison outside of Illinois.

The state appellate prosecutor's office has until March 31 to file a response to the appeal.

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