Jurors being seated in Hudson family murder trial

Jurors being seated in Hudson family murder trial

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CHICAGO (AP) -- It's a murder trial being held in Chicago. But it will have a Hollywood vibe -- because the victims of the murders are members of Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson's family. The actress and former "American Idol" star is expected to be on hand when her estranged brother-in-law stands trial on charges of killing Hudson's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew. Hudson is expected to be at the trial every day once testimony begins. And she is also on the list of 300 who could be called as witnesses. The case opens with jury selection.

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Posted on April 9, 2012 at 7:20 PM

CHICAGO (AP) -- A first full day of jury selection in the Chicago trial of the man accused of killing singer and actress Jennifer Hudson's family has ended without the seating of a full jury.
  

William Balfour is accused of killing Hudson's mother, brother and nephew.
 

  Fourteen people were selected today to be among the 12 jurors and six alternates after nine hours of interviewing potential jurors one by one. The last four panelists are expected to be selected tomorrow.
  

Cook County Circuit Judge Charles Burns and attorneys looked to weed out anyone who might be swayed by the 30-year-old Hudson's celebrity.
  

The 30-year-old Balfour faces a maximum life sentence if convicted. Burns told would-be jurors that anyone opposed to capital punishment need not worry because Illinois abolished the death penalty this year.

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