Jennifer Hudson Family, Balfour Murder Trial Date Set

Grammy Award winner Jennifer Hudson will see just served in 2012, some four years after losing her mother, brother and nephew in a brutal home invasion, kidnapping and triple-murder on Chicago’s South Side.

William Balfour, the man charged with first degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, and home invasion in October of 2008, was ordered to face trial Thursday.

According to Chicago Sun Times, Judge Charles Burns set jury selection for April 9 despite pleas from Balfour’s attorney that they were unprepared for trial. He also set an April 23 start date for initial testimony.

Balfour was the estranged husband of Hudson’s sister, Julia.

While he did not confess to the crime, pleading ‘not guilty’ in 2009, prosecutors now say he was in a “jealous rage because Hudson was dating another man”.

Balfour is charged with entering the Hudson family home October 24, 2008 and fatally shooting Hudson’s mother Darnell Donerson, brother, Jason Hudson, and kidnapping 7-year-old Julian King. After an extensive search, King was found dead inside Jason Hudson’s SUV three days after the murder.