Jury Selection in Jennifer Hudson’s Family Murder Trial Begins

Jury Selection in Jennifer Hudson’s Family Murder Trial Begins

Fourteen jurors picked during nine-hour selection process for Jennifer Hudson's family murder trial.

Published April 10, 2012

Jennifer Hudson's long road to justice took an important step yesterday as a 14-member jury was selected for the trial of William Balfour, the man accused of murdering several members of her family in 2008. The trial is scheduled to begin in two weeks.

Seven men and seven women were selected for the jury after a nine-hour reviewing process at a Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Balfour's lawyers, prosecutors and presiding judge Charles Burns selected the jurors from a pool of 50.

Among those who will render judgment on the case is at least one woman who said she did not know who Jennifer Hudson was and was unaware of the murders. Other jurors include one architecture student whose brother was killed and a woman whose child was slain. All said they could remain impartial.

Some potential jurors who expressed an explicit bias toward Hudson or her case were dismissed.

Balfour is scheduled to stand trial beginning April 23. The estranged husband of Hudson's sister, Balfour is accused of fatally shooting their mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, brother Jason Hudson, 29, and nephew Julian, 7, while in a vengeful rage.

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Written by Reggie Ugwu


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