30-minute defense in Hudson family murder trial

May 9, 2012 • Entertainment

FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Cook County Sheriff’s Department shows William Balfour, who is charged in the murders of the mother, brother and nephew of Oscar winner and singer Jennifer Hudson. On Tuesday, May 8, 2012, attorneys for Balfour are expected to put on a brief defense after the prosecution rests its weeklong case. Closing arguments are expected Wednesday.(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — The man accused of killing three of Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson’s relatives did not take the stand and his attorneys put on a mere 30-minute defense Tuesday, calling just two detectives in a bid to suggest they botched the 2008 investigation.

The brief defense followed a two-week presentation by prosecutors, who called 83 witnesses, including Hudson herself, as they sought to prove William Balfour shot the star’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew in a fit of jealous rage. Balfour, 30, is Hudson’s former brother-in-law.

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