Jurors being seated in Hudson family murder trial

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 3:03 AM

CHICAGO (AP) — A first full day of jury selection in the Chicago trial of the man accused of killing singer and actress Jennifer Hudson's family has ended without the seating of a full jury.

William Balfour is accused of killing Hudson's mother, brother and nephew.

Fourteen people were selected Monday to be among the 12 jurors and six alternates after nine hours of interviewing potential jurors one by one. The last four panelists are expected to be selected Tuesday.

Cook County Circuit Judge Charles Burns and attorneys looked to weed out anyone who might be swayed by the 30-year-old Hudson's celebrity.

The 30-year-old Balfour faces a maximum life sentence if convicted. Burns told would-be jurors that anyone opposed to capital punishment need not worry because Illinois abolished the death penalty last year.

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