Prosecutors Rest in the Murder Trial Surrounding Actress Jennifer Hudson's Family

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Prosecutors Rest in the Murder Trial Surrounding Actress Jennifer Hudson\'s Family
Prosecutors have rested in the trial against William Balfour.

The Chicago man is accused of murdering three family members of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson.

After calling 83 witnesses to the stand, the prosecution concluded their presentation late Tuesday. Of the 83, Balfour was not included.

Balfour - the estranged husband of Jennifer’s sister Julia - was arrested on October 24, 2008 as the only suspect in the case.

He is accused of murdering Jennifer and Julia’s mother Darnell Donerson, 57, their brother Jason Hudson, 29, and Julia’s son Julian King, 7.

The last witness from prosecution was Chicago police detective Chester Bach. The detective testified that a car key was found on Balfour’s person when he was apprehended that fit a stolen Chevy Suburban registered to Jason Hudson.

Julian’s body was found in the SUV on the west side of the city three days after Julia discovered the bodies of her mother and brother at the family's home.

In a brief defense, Balfour’s attorneys said the evidence was circumstantial, stating that they would call witnesses to support the claim. The defense team is working to prove that Jason was a drug dealer with a lot of enemies.

Hudson has reportedly sat through the trial so far. She gave her testimony on day one, talking about her family’s dislike and distrust of Balfour from the beginning.

Closing arguments will be heard Wednesday.
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