Jury In Hudson-Related Case Meet For 3rd Day

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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)

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) -- Jurors enter a third day deliberating at the Chicago trial of Jennifer Hudson's former brother-in-law accused of slaying the Oscar-winner's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.
They begin Friday after offering no clues Thursday about whether they're close to a decision about William Balfour. Jurors sent the judge a note Wednesday but none since.
They're sequestered overnights at a hotel so they can't see news on the case.
Some juries first go through all testimony before polling themselves. At Balfour's two-week trial, prosecutors called 83 witnesses and entered boxfuls of evidence, from maps to the .45-caliber handgun allegedly use in the slayings.
Some legal observers say the longer jurors deliberate, the better for the defense. But that frequently doesn't turn out to be true.


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