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Jennifer Hudson's family murder trial begins closing arguments


UPI News Service, 05/09/2012 

Prosecutors wrapped up the first of their closing arguments Wednesday in the Chicago trial of the man accused of killing members of Jennifer Hudson's family.

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William Balfour, 30, is charged with the shooting deaths of Hudson's mother, brother and nephew in 2008. Balfour is the ex-husband of Hudson's sister, Julia.

Reporters from The Chicago Tribune said via Twitter the photo with which prosecutors ended the first of their arguments depicted Julia's dead 7-year-old son, Julian King, grinning with his arms raised over his head. It was shown shortly before a break to prepare for the start of the defense's closing argument.

Prosecutors said witnesses, Balfour's statements to police and overwhelming circumstantial evidence "point to one place and one place only," the Tribune reporters said.

The lawyers also noted Balfour is charged with home invasion, kidnapping, burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle, which could help qualify him for a life sentence in prison without parole, if he is convicted.

Balfour is accused of kidnapping Julian after Balfour shot and killed his mother- and brother-in-law, then stealing his brother-in-law's SUV, shooting the child and leaving his body in the vehicle where it was discovered two days later.



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