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Televangelist Joyce Meyer taped her trial testimony in cooperation with prosecutors preparing to try Meyer’s former bodyguard, Christopher Coleman, for the murder of his wife and two sons.

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Christopher Coleman, the husband and father, and bodyguard of mega-church leader Joyce Meyers has been standing trial for the murder of his family. Sheri Coleman, 31, and her two sons Garett, 11, and Gavin, 9, are found on May 5, 2009, strangled in their beds at 2954 Robert Drive in Columbia. Coleman testified that he called his neighbor, Columbia Police Detective Justin Barlow, to check on the family when he couldn’t reach them by phone while on his way back from an early morning workout.

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Prosecutors allege that he staged the crime scene to appear as if the killings were the work of a deranged enemy of Meyer’s ministry. Investigators accuse Coleman of writing and sending himself threatening letters and emails to support his story. They also allege he spray-painted the messages “punished” and “I saw you leave, (obscenity) you, I am always watching” onto the walls of his home after the murder.

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The family of the slain mother of two filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Coleman and Joyce Meyer Ministries as a “respondent in discovery,” alleging that the slayings would not have occurred if the ministry had followed its own policy and taken action. They also asserted that Meyer’s son, the ministry’s chief executive in the U.S., traveled with Coleman and his mistress Lintz, and knew of the affair.

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