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Hudson family slayings suspect convicted of murder

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CHICAGO (AP) _ 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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