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Jury reaches verdict in Hudson family slayings

CHICAGO — Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of the man charged with murdering three of Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson’s family members.

Chicago court officials announced Friday afternoon that jurors had reached a decision after deliberating for three days. Hudson’s former brother-in-law, William Balfour, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the October 2008 shooting deaths of Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.

Hudson was the first witness called and has attended every day of testimony in the trial. She is expected to be on hand when the verdict is read.

Balfour would face a mandatory life prison sentence if convicted on all counts.

Prosecutors say he killed the three victims in a jealous rage after his then-estranged wife, Hudson’s sister Julia Hudson, refused to reconcile with him.