(CBS/AP) CHICAGO - A Cook County judge has denied a request to delay jury selection for the man accused of killing Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother, and 7-year-old nephew.
William Balfour's defense attorneys asked during a hearing Tuesday to delay the proceedings because of a scheduling conflict for one of them.
Ultimately, Judge Charles Burns said the trial needs to stay on schedule, and kept jury selection set to begin on April 9. The trial is set to begin April 23.
Balfour is the estranged husband of Hudson's sister, Julia. Prosecutors say he had threatened to kill members of the family at least two dozen times before the October 2008 slayings. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Monday.