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UPDATE: Jury being seated in Hudson family murder trial

William Balfour/Courtesy: Cook Co. Sheriff's Dept. William Balfour/Courtesy: Cook Co. Sheriff's Dept.

CHICAGO (WKOW) -- Twelve jurors and six alternates are being seated in the Chicago trial of the man accused of the 2008 slayings of singer and actress Jennifer Hudson's family.

Cook County Circuit Judge Charles Burns and attorneys will resume work Tuesday morning seating a panel after 14 people were selected on Monday.

William Balfour is accused of killing Hudson's mother, brother and nephew. The 30-year-old Balfour faces a maximum life sentence if convicted.

Hudson's name came up frequently during questioning, though most of the would-be jurors insisted that despite what they knew about her or heard in the media about the case, they could consider only the evidence presented at the trial.


CHICAGO (WKOW) -- Jury selection starts Monday morning in the trial of a man accused of murdering Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother, and 7-year-old nephew.

William Balfour is the man accused in the murders. If he's convicted, the 30-year-old faces up to life in prison.

Selecting 12 jurors in this trial may be difficult because the case has been high profile. Attorneys will begin questioning jurors Monday, and it may take several days to make final picks from the 150 prospective jurors. In a last step, each side will have around ten pre-emptive strikes to dismiss people from the jury pool without offering any reason.

Judge Charles Burns told prospective jurors last week that anyone opposed to capital punishment need not worry because Illinois recently abolished the death penalty.

Testimony in the trial is set to begin April 23.

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