Attorneys may make final jury selections in the Jennifer Hudson family murder trial as soon as Tuesday afternoon, court officials say. Once a jury is seated, the trial will take a break until opening statements begin on April 23.
There were 150 potential jurors Monday morning. By the end of the day, the court had chosen 14 prospective jurors. In total, 12 jurors and six alternates are needed to complete the jury.
William Balfour is accused of killing three members of Jennifer Hudson’s family. The star's mother, Darnell Hudson Donerson, and brother, Jason Hudson, were found dead in the family's Chicago home on October 24, 2008. Hudson's nephew, Julian King, was discovered days later in a stolen vehicle on the West Side of town. All three victims died from gunshot wounds.
Jennifer Hudson told police she's known the alleged killer since childhood; Balfour is the estranged husband of her sister Julia. The Oscar-winning actress and singer may testify during the trial.
Prosecutors say Balfour's jealousy over his estranged wife dating another man was a possible motive for the crime. Court documents say Balfour repeatedly threatened Julia Hudson, telling her that he was going to kill her family and then kill her. In addition to murder, Balfour is charged with home invasion, aggravated kidnapping, burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle.