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Actress Jennifer Hudson on the witness list for upcoming murder trial

William Balfour, a suspect in the double-homicide of Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother
William Balfour AP Photo/Ill. Dept. of Corrections

(CBS/AP) CHICAGO - Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is on the witness list for the upcoming trial of a man accused of killing her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.

The Chicago Tribune reports that prosecutors haven't yet disclosed whether Hudson will actually testify at William Balfour's trial, which is slated to begin April 9.

Balfour was the estranged husband of Hudson's sister, Julia. Hudson's mother and brother were found dead in the family's home on Chicago's South Side in 2008. Her nephew's body was found days later in a vehicle on the city's West Side.

A court filing by prosecutors last week contains detectives' reports from interviews with Hudson after the deaths. According to the filing, Hudson told investigators she'd known Balfour since childhood because their two families lived only blocks apart and that she had advised her sister against marrying him.

According to the Tribune, Hudson told police there was tension between the two families over the relationship between Balfour and her sister.

More on Crimesider:
February 9, 2012 - Accused murderer's lawyers want to talk with actress Jennifer Hudson
January 19, 2012 - Trial set for man accused of killing family of Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson

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