Hudson Murder Trial Could Wrap Up Soon

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EMBARGO: Chicago, IL Abbullah Karril Smith testifies in the trial of William Balfour (foreground) in Chicago on Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Balfour is charged with three counts of murder in the alleged slayings of Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother, and 7-year-old nephew.

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CHICAGO (AP) _ Two weeks of expert witnesses, grisly crime-scene photos and tearful testimony by Jennifer Hudson culminates in closing arguments at the trial of the man accused of killing three
of the Oscar-winner’s relatives.

The prosecution is likely to argue that circumstantial evidence
presented by 83 witnesses proves Hudson’s former brother-in-law,  William Balfour, killed the star’s mother, brother and nephew.

They’re also likely to cite Balfour’s alleged threats to kill the family if his then-wife didn’t reconcile with him.  The defense is expected to say no witnesses tied Balfour directly to the killings and that prosecutors didn’t meet their burden to prove the allegations.

Amy Thompson will deliver the defense closing and James McKay the state’s. The fiery attorneys often clashed at pretrial hearings.
Jurors will begin deliberating after the closings.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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