Belfast Telegraph

Jury selected for Hudson case

Prosecutors and lawyers for the man charged with murdering three of actress and singer Jennifer Hudson's family members have selected the final jurors for the upcoming trial.

Testimony is set to begin on April 23.

William Balfour, 30, is charged with murdering Hudson's mother, brother and nephew in 2008, and he faces a mandatory life prison sentence if convicted of murdering at least two of the victims.

The Oscar-winning actress's name came up frequently during questioning. Only a few people said they knew little to nothing about Hudson. One woman in her 30s picked for the jury said she had heard of Hudson but had no idea what she looked like.

Hudson, who was not in Chicago at the time her family members were killed, told investigators she was in touch with her mother almost every day and became concerned when she could not reach her by late morning on October 24 2008.

Hours later, her mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, and brother, Jason Hudson, 29, were found shot dead in the family home. The body of her seven-year-old nephew, Julian King, was found days later in a sport utility vehicle several miles away.

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