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Hudson's brother-in-law indicted on 3 counts of murder

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  • Estranged brother-in-law accused of killing Hudson's mother, brother, nephew
  • Prosecutors portray William Balfour as jealous man who killed the three in a rage
  • Balfour is the estranged husband of Jennifer Hudson's sister, Julia
  • Jennifer Hudson won best supporting actress Oscar for "Dreamgirls"
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CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) -- The estranged brother-in-law of singer and actress Jennifer Hudson was indicted Tuesday on three counts of murder, according to the Cook County, Illinois, prosecutor's office.

The slayings of Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew stunned Chicago and the nation.

The slayings of Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew stunned Chicago and the nation.

William Balfour, 27, is accused of killing Hudson's mother, brother and nephew.

Prosecutors have portrayed Balfour as a jealous man who murdered three people in rage at the thought that his ex-wife had a boyfriend.

Balfour is the estranged husband of Jennifer Hudson's sister, Julia Hudson, and the stepfather of one of the victims, 7-year-old Julian King.

Also killed were Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, and brother Jason Hudson, 27.

He has also been charged with one count of home invasion.

He denies the charges, and his lawyer told the court earlier this month there is no forensic evidence linking him to the killings.

Hudson won a best supporting actress Oscar for her portrayal of Effie in the film version of the Broadway musical "Dreamgirls."

She competed on the third season of singing competition "American Idol" in 2004, becoming one of the top seven contestants before being eliminated from the contest.

The Hudson family home is on the south side of Chicago, and the slayings sent shock waves through the community in October.

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