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Trial set for man accused of killing family of Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson

A Wednesday,Dec. 3, 2008 booking photo released by the Cook County Sheriff's Department shows William Balfour. Balfour, charged Tuesday with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of three family members of singer and actress Jeniifer Hudson, was denied bail Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, at during a hearing at Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago. AP

Jennifer Hudson's Brother-In-Law, William Balfour
William Balfour
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(CBS/AP) CHICAGO - A judge says the man charged in the slayings of three members of Academy Award winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson's family will face a jury this spring.

Cook County Judge Charles Burns on Thursday set jury selection for April 9 in the trial of William Balfour.

Balfour is charged with first-degree murder in the October 2008 slayings of Hudson's mother, brother and nephew.

Balfour was the estranged husband of Jennifer Hudson's sister, Julia. Prosecutors allege he shot her family in a jealous rage because Julia Hudson was dating another man.

The bodies of 57-year-old Darnell Hudson and 29-year-old Jason Hudson were found in the family's home on the city's South Side. The body of 7-year-old Julian King was found days later in a sport utility vehicle on the city's West Side.

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