Hudson family slayings suspect convicted of murder

Hudson family slayings suspect convicted of murder

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 18: In this handout image provided by the Cook County Sheriff's Depratment, William Balfour is sseen in a booking photo on April 18, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. William Balfour was arrested December 1, 2008 and is charged in the murders of the mother, brother and nephew of Oscar winner and singer Jennifer Hudson. (Photo by Cook County Sheriff's Department via Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Updated Friday, May 11 at 3:54 PM

CHICAGO -- A Chicago jury has convicted Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson’s former brother-in-law of murdering her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew in what prosecutors described as an act of vengeance by a jilted husband.

The jury convicted 31-year-old William Balfour on three-counts of first degree murder on Friday, after three days of deliberations. He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

Prosecutors had to build an overwhelming circumstantial case tying Balfour to the killings because there were no surviving witnesses. Defense attorneys claimed the killings could have been related to Hudson’s brother’s alleged drug dealing.

Hudson was the first witness called to the stand and she attended every day of testimony.

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