CHESTER, Ill., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The bodies of an Illinois woman and her sons can be moved from the cemetery chosen by the husband and father convicted of killing them, a judge says.
Judge Richard Brown lifted a stay on the removal of the bodies of Sheri, Garett and Gavin Coleman, the St. Louis (Mo.) Post-Dispatch reported. But at a hearing Tuesday, he refused to issue a permit for the exhumation, giving Christopher Coleman's parents more time to find other grounds to challenge the reburial.
Brown scheduled another hearing next month.
Christopher Coleman, a former bodyguard to evangelist Joyce Meyer, has been sentenced to life in prison but continues to deny he killed his family. Prosecutors said he was involved with another woman and planned to start a new life.
Sheri Coleman's family wants to move the bodies from Evergreen Cemetery in Chester, Ill., to the Chicago area, where her relatives live. Christopher Coleman's parents have no standing to block the removal of her body but have said they want their grandsons' remains to stay in southern Illinois.
The grandparents had argued the bodies should stay in place while their son appeals his conviction.