Jurors in Hudson family slayings say they're split

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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2012 file photo, singer and actress Jennifer Hudson attends a book signing in New York. On Wednesday, May 9, 2012, closing arguments are taking place at the Chicago murder trial for William Balfour, Hudson's ex-brother-in-law who is accused of killing her mother, brother and nephew in October 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — Jurors deliberating the case of the man charged with murdering relatives of Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson say they're split.

The jury did not say it's giving up, though. In a note to the judge Friday afternoon, jurors said, "We are trying."

Prosecutors say Hudson's former-brother-in-law, William Balfour, killed her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew in a fit of jealous rage against her sister, Julia Hudson. Balfour was married but estranged from her at the time.

The jury has been deliberating since Wednesday.

In their note saying they are split, jurors asked for cellphone records. The judge sent a note back telling them to keep deliberating.