Jury in Hudson family slayings case requests video
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 in the case of the man charged with murdering Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew asked Friday to re-watch video footage shown during the trial.
They made the request in a note to the presiding judge on their third day of deliberations. They offered no explanation about why they wanted the evidence.
Judge Charles Burns sent a note back to jurors saying they would receive the videos — one of the post-arrest interrogation of Hudson's former brother-in-law, William Balfour, and surveillance footage of Balfour's car.
Balfour was estranged from Hudson's sister, Julia Hudson, at the time of the Oct. 24, 2008, slayings and prosecutors say he killed the three family members because she refused to take him back. Defense attorneys argued that the evidence tying Balfour to the killings is circumstantial.
Amy Thompson, second from right, defense attorney for William Balfour, and her team return from hearing a question from the jury during deliberations at Cook County Criminal Court, Friday, May 11, 2012, in Chicago. Balfour, is charged in the 2008 murder of Oscar and Grammy winning performer Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Friday's note was the second from jurors. A note Wednesday requested transcripts and asked if Balfour had had a key to the Hudson home, where the actress and singer's mother and brother were slain. Burns told jurors then they had all the evidence and to keep deliberating.
The jurors' notes haven't said whether they might be at an impasse. As they walked down a fifth-floor hall into a jury room to resume deliberations Friday, many of the jurors looked tired.
The jurors are being sequestered to ensure they don't see news reports of the case, but officials won't say where. The jurors have no access to TVs, radios, computers or cellphones.