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William Balfour Sentencing Tuesday? Man Convicted In Hudson Family Murders Asks For New Trial

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This undated file photo provided April 6, 2012 by the Cook County Sheriff's Department, shows William Balfour who is charged in the murders of the mother, brother and nephew of singer and actress Jennifer Hudson. 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.
This undated file photo provided April 6, 2012 by the Cook County Sheriff's Department, shows William Balfour who is charged in the murders of the mother, brother and nephew of singer and actress Jennifer Hudson. 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.

The Chicago man convicted earlier this year in the murder of Oscar-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew may be sentenced Tuesday when his attorneys' requests for a retrial are considered by a judge.

Judge Charles Burns will decide Tuesday whether the conviction of William Balfour will stand. If Balfour's attorneys' request for a new trial is denied, sentencing will follow.

Balfour was found guilty in May on three counts of murder in the Oct. 24, 2008 slayings of Darnell Donerson, Jason Hudson and Julian King. He faces a mandatory life prison sentence.

WBEZ reports that Balfour's attorneys have claimed that police pinned the murder on their client because of the celebrity status of the case. Neither Balfour's DNA nor fingerprints were found on the murder weapon.

Balfour was formerly married to Hudson's sister, Julia, and prosecutors argued that he shot the family members in a jealous rage as she was seeing another man.

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