Defense rests in Hudson family murder trial

2:45 PM, May 8, 2012   |    comments
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CHICAGO (AP) - The defense has rested in the trial of the man accused of killing Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.

Attorneys for William Balfour rested their case Tuesday after calling two police detectives as witnesses. Balfour chose not to testify in his own defense.

The judge says closing arguments will be Wednesday morning. Jurors will then begin deliberations.

Prosecutors rested their case earlier Tuesday after spending two weeks laying out a largely circumstantial case against Balfour.

Jennifer Hudson has sat through the trial on fourth-row bench, hanging her head during particularly grim testimony. She took the stand last month as prosecutors' first witness.

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