April 23rd, 2012
01:22 AM ET

Opening statements set in trial of man accused of killing Hudson relatives

Opening statements are set for Monday in the trial of a man accused of killing relatives of actress and singer Jennifer Hudson.

Last week, 18 people were selected to serve on the jury in the murder trial.

The group includes 10 women and eight men, including six alternates. The jury will be sequestered during the trial, Judge Charles Burns has said.

The trial comes more than three years after Hudson's mother, brother and nephew were killed.

William Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson's sister Julia, is accused of fatally shooting Hudson's mother and brother inside their Chicago home in October 2008. The body of Hudson's 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, was found three days later inside an abandoned vehicle.

Balfour, who was Julian's stepfather, has also been charged with one count of home invasion.

The judge has said he expects the trial to last three to four weeks.

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  1. banasy©

    I remember when this happened; it's big news here in Chitown.
    So, so sad.
    I heard thin morning on the news that Balfour had bee threatening to kill the family in the weeks leading up to this...

    My continued sympathy for JH and her other family members.

    April 23, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. A~Team

    He was a paid hitman

    April 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Superman

    It sounds like an LA cali thing banasy,,,,,, looks like its traveled east,,,chi town is a beautifull city i miss it greatly no other city like it and clean to!!! Hope they find justice in this case,,,,,,

    April 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |