Trial Set for Man Accused of Killing Hudson Family

William Balfour is charged in the 2008 slayings of Jennifer Hudson's family

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    The estranged husband of Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson's sister was arrested on Dec. 1, 2008, in connection with the Hudson family shootings. He was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of home invasion.

    A judge says it's time for the man charged in the slayings of three members of Jennifer Hudson's family to face a jury.

    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.