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Jennifer Hudson Family Murder Trial: William Balfour's Attorneys Request A New Trial

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In this Jan. 10, 2012 file photo, singer and actress Jennifer Hudson attends a book signing in New York. A Chicago jury has convicted Hudson's former brother-in-law of murdering her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew in what prosecutors described as an act of vengeance by a jilted husband. The jury convicted 31-year-old William Balfour on three-counts of first degree murder on Friday, May 11, 2012, after three days of deliberations. He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison. (AP Photo/C | AP

CHICAGO -- A judge in Chicago says he'll decide next month on the request for a new trial for the man convicted of killing three members of Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson's family.

Judge Charles Burns on Friday set a July 24 date to rule on the request from William Balfour's attorneys. Cook County prosecutors and defense attorneys are expected to argue the motion that day. If the judge lets Balfour's conviction stand, sentencing is expected to follow.

Hudson's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew were killed in October 2008.

Balfour was married to Hudson's sister, and prosecutors contend he shot the family members in a jealous rage because she was dating another man. A jury convicted him last month of first-degree murder and other charges.

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