Jennifer Hudson family murders trial: Jury split, still trying on Day 3 of deliberations

May 11, 2012 (CHICAGO)

Friday is the third day of deliberations in the trial of William Balfour. He is charged in the killing of three members of Jennifer Hudson's family.

In the jury's note, sent to the judge Friday afternoon, it was indicated how split they are. But the judge did not read aloud the breakdown.

Jurors arrived to the Leighton Criminal Courts Building at 26th and California around 10 a.m. Friday morning to start deliberating.

Twenty minutes after they arrived, the jury made two requests to the judge:

They requested surveillance video of Balfour's green Chrysler near Robeson High School where it was found.

And the jury requested the police interrogation video of Balfour.

The judge granted both requests.

The diverse jury of six men and six women is trying to decide if Balfour is guilty of murdering Hudson's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.

Balfour faces seven counts. If convicted of at least two of those murder counts, he faces life in prison.

The prosecution says Balfour acted out in jealousy because his estranged wife, Jennifer Hudson's sister Julia, was seeing someone else. The state presented about 80 witnesses and 500 pieces of evidence to build a circumstantial case.

Balfour's defense team says there is no physical or DNA evidence and suggested police should look at other suspects, like people associated with Jennifer Hudson's brother Jason, a known drug dealer.

The jury has been sequestered in a hotel and their identities have been kept secret.

Stay with ABC 7 and ABC7Chicago.com for continued coverage. When the jury reaches a verdict all parties will receive about a one-hour notice before it is announced.

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