DOB: 11-06-1955 DOC#: 865839 Black Male
Lake County Superior Court Judge Richard
Prosecutor: Thomas W. Vanes, Richard Cook
Collins, Lonnie Randolph
Date of Murder: June 18,
Victim(s): Tamika Turks
B/F/7 (No relationship to Coleman)
Method of Murder:
ligature strangulation with bedsheet
Summary: 7 year old Tamika and her 9 year old
niece, Annie, were walking back from the candy store to
their home when they were confronted by Debra Denise
Brown and Coleman. Brown and Coleman convinced them to
walk into the woods to play a game. Once there, they
removed Tamika's shirt and tore it into small strips
which they used to bind and gag the children. When Tamika
began to cry, Brown held her nose and mouth while Coleman
stomped on her chest. After carrying Tamika a short
distance away, Annie was forced to perform oral sex on
both Brown and Coleman, then Coleman raped her. Brown and
Coleman then choked her until she was unconscious. When
she awoke, they were gone. Tamika was found dead in the
bushes nearby, strangled with an elastic strip of
bedsheet. The same fabric was later found in the
apartment shared by Coleman and Brown. Annie received
cuts so deep that her intestines were protruding into her
vagina. Evidence of a remarkably similar murder in Ohio
was admitted at trial. These acts proved to be part of a
midwestern crime spee by Coleman and Brown that included
up to 8 murders, 7 rapes, 3 kidnappings , and 14 armed
robberies. Coleman has accumulated death sentences in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.
Trial: Information/PC for Murder and DP filed (11-26-84); Motion for Detainer filed (05-17-85); Initial Hearing (10-01-85); Voir Dire (03-31-86, 04-01-86, 04-02-86); Jury Trial (04-02-86, 04-03-86, 04-04-86, 04-07-86, 04-08-86, 04-09-86, 04-10-86); Deliberations 02 hours; Verdict (04-11-86); DP Trial (04-12-86); Deliberations 1 hour, 40 minutes; Verdict (04-12-86); Court Sentencing (05-02-86); Brown Trial (05-07-86 to 05-22-86).
Murder, Attempted Murder (A Felony), Child Molesting (A Felony)
May 7, 1986 (Death Sentence, 50 years, 50 years consecutive)
b(1) Child Molesting, b (7) 2 prior murder convictions in Ohio
Coleman v. State, 558 N.E.2d 1059 (Ind. August 24, 1990)
Conviction Affirmed 5-0 DP Affirmed 4-1
Shepard Opinion; Givan Pivarnik, Dickson concur; Debruler dissents.
Coleman v. Indiana, 111 S. Ct. 2912
(1991) (Cert. denied)
05-15-92 PCR filed; Denied by Special Judge Richard J. Conroy on 03-23-95.
Coleman v. State, 703 N.E.2d 1022 (Ind. 1988) (Appeal of PCR denial)
Affirmed 5-0. Shepard Opinion; Dickson, Sullivan, selby, Boehm concur.
Coleman v. Indiana, 120 S.Ct. 1717, 146 L.Ed.2d 389 (2000).
Petition for Writ of Certiorari granted. Judgment vacated and remanded back to Indiana Supreme Court for further consideration in light of Williams v. Taylor, 529 U.S. 362, 120 S.Ct. 1495, 146 L.Ed.2d 389 (2000) (Where Virginia death sentence reversed on grounds of ineffective assistance of counsel, relying upon two-pronged test of Strickland)
Coleman v. State, 741 N.E.2d 697 (Ind. December 29, 2000)
(On Remand from U.S. Supreme Court to Indiana Supreme Court)
Conviction Affirmed 4-0; DP Affirmed 4-0
Shepard Opinion; Dickson, Sullivan, Boehm concur. Rucker did not participate.
Coleman v. Indiana, 122 S.Ct. 649 (2001).
Coleman v. Indiana, 122 S.Ct. 1137 (2002).
COLEMAN WAS INCARCERATED IN OHIO ON DEATH ROW SINCE HIS 1988 CONVICTIONS AND DEATH SENTENCE FOR AGGRAVATED MURDER IN HAMILTON COUNTY. COLEMAN WAS EXECUTED BY LETHAL INJECTION BY THE STATE OF OHIO ON APRIL 26, 2002, AT 1:26 AM EST. AT THE TIME OF HIS EXECUTION THERE WAS OVER 3,500 PRISONERS ON DEATH ROWS ACROSS THE U.S. COLEMAN WAS THE ONLY ONE WITH DEATH SENTENCES IN 3 STATES: INDIANA, OHIO, AND ILLINOIS.
State v. Coleman, 37 Ohio St.3d 286, 525 N.E.2d 792 (Ohio July 6, 1988).
(Direct appeal of murder conviction and death sentence in Hamilton County for the killing of Marlene Walters on July 13, 1984 - Affirmed)
Coleman v. Ohio, 488 U.S. 900, 109 S.Ct. 250, 102 L.Ed.2d 238 (October 11, 1988) (Cert. denied).
State v. Coleman, 45 Ohio St.3d 298, 544 N.E.2d 622 (Ohio September 20, 1989).
(Direct appeal of murder conviction and death sentence in Hamilton County for the killing of 15-year-old Tonnie Storey on July 19, 1984 - Affirmed)
Coleman v. Ohio, 493 U.S. 1051, 110 S.Ct. 855, 107 L.Ed.2d 849 (January 16, 1990) (Cert. denied).
People v. Coleman, 544 N.E.2d 330 (Ill. June 19, 1989).
(Direct appeal of murder conviction and death sentence in Lake County for the kidnapping and killing of 9-year-old Vernita Wheat on June 19, 1984 - Affirmed)
Coleman v. Illinois, 497 U.S. 1032, 110 S.Ct. 3294, 111 L.Ed.2d 802 (June 28, 1990) (Cert. denied).
As of July 1, 2006