No verdict in Hudson family muder trial

2012-05-11 09:46
Michael Tarm

Chicago - Jurors have finished a second day of deliberations in the trial of the man charged with murdering Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew.

The jury wrapped up on Thursday evening without reaching a verdict in the trial of Hudson's former brother-in-law, William Balfour. Jurors will resume deliberations on Friday morning.

Balfour has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in the October 2008 slayings.

Prosecutors say Balfour murdered Hudson's mother, brother and seven-year-old nephew in an act of vengeance because his estranged wife at the time, Hudson's sister, refused to reconcile with him.

The defence contends prosecutors didn't have enough evidence to prove their case.

Judge Charles Burns has ordered the jurors sequestered at a hotel.