Jury selection in Hudson family murder trial



Salon Staff
April 9, 2012 3:09PM (UTC)

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge will question potential jurors as jury selection begins in earnest at the Chicago trial of a man accused of murdering the mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew of singer and Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson.

Selecting 12 jurors able to set aside sympathy for the star in assessing William Balfour's guilt poses challenges.

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After questioning starts Monday, it should take several days to make final picks from 150 prospective jurors. In a last step, each side will have around ten pre-emptive strikes to dismiss people from the jury pool without offering any reason.

If convicted, 30-year-old Balfour faces a maximum life sentence.

Judge Charles Burns told prospective jurors last week that anyone opposed to capital punishment need not worry because Illinois recently abolished the death penalty.

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Testimony begins April 23.


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