FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Cook County Sheriff's Department shows William Balfour, who is charged in the murders of the mother, brother and nephew of Oscar winner and singer Jennifer Hudson. On Tuesday, May 8, 2012, attorneys for Balfour are expected to put on a brief defense after the prosecution rests its weeklong case. Closing arguments are expected Wednesday.(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
CHICAGO (AP) -- A Chicago jury has convicted Oscar-winner Jennifer 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, after three days of deliberations. He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
Hudson eyes filled with tears and she shook her head at bit her lip as the verdict was read.
Prosecutors had to build an overwhelming circumstantial case tying Balfour to the killings because there were no surviving witnesses. Defense attorneys claimed the killings could have been related to Hudson's brother's alleged drug dealing.
Hudson was the first witness called to the stand and she attended every day of testimony.