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Hudson accused pleads not guilty

Jennifer Hudson
Hudson's publicist declined to comment on Tuesday

The man accused of shooting three members of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson's family has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

William Balfour, 27, also denied home invasion charges relating to the deaths of Hudson's mother, brother and nephew.

Ms Hudson's mother, 57-year-old Darnell Donerson, and brother, 29-year-old Jason Hudson, were found shot dead in their Chicago home on 24 October.

The body of her nephew - Julian King, seven - was found three days later.

Mr Balfour, the husband of Hudson's sister Julia, was arrested shortly after the killings and was charged with murder last month.


Prosecutors at Cook County Court, Chicago, allege he shot the three in a jealous rage because he was upset his estranged wife had been seeing another man.

When Mr Balfour was indicted by a grand jury in December, his lawyer insisted the police had no case against his client.

Ms Hudson, a finalist on the 2004 series of American Idol, won an Oscar in 2007 for her supporting role in the musical Dreamgirls.

The 27-year-old is expected to sing the US national anthem at the Super Bowl on 1 February - her first performance since the murders.

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