Judge Allows Pre-Trial Haircut for Accused Hudson Killer

Jury selection for the man accused of killing Jennifer Hudson's family members begins April 9

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    William Balfour

    A judge on Monday agreed to allow a change of clothes and haircut for the man accused of killing Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew in 2008.

    Judge Charles P. Burns agreed to let William Balfour get a jail haircut before his trial, scheduled for April 23, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Jury selection in the case begins April 9.

    Last week, a judge denied a request from Balfour's attorneys to delay jury selection because of a scheduling conflict for one of the defense attorneys.

    Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson's sister, Julia, is accused of killing Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson; Hudson's 29-year-old brother, Jason Hudson; and her 7-year-old nephew, Julian King.

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    Attorneys for William Balfour argued last week he wasn?t breaking the law when officers took him into custody and said his arrest should be thrown out.

    In February prosecutors alleged the murders were committed in a jealous rage.

    The report filed in February also indicated that Hudson's family did not approve of the marriage and that Balfour didn't treat her sister well.

    Julia Hudson told police, according to prosecutors, that Balfour threatened her as many as two dozen times. The couple was separated eight months prior to the murder, but court documents say their physical relationship continued just days before the murders.

    It's not clear whether Hudson will testify, though she was included on the witness list.