New trial denied in Hudson family killings

This undated file photo provided by the Cook County Sheriff's Department shows William Balfour, the man convicted in the murders of the mother, brother and nephew of Oscar winner and singer Jennifer Hudson. /AP Photo/Cook County Sheriff's Department

CHICAGO — An Illinois judge has denied a new trial for the man convicted of killing Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.

Cook County Circuit Judge Charles Burns denied William Balfour’s request Tuesday. Balfour’s sentencing hearing is expected to begin later in the day. He faces a mandatory life sentence. Jennifer Hudson was present in court for the proceedings.

The hearing comes a little more than two months after a jury convicted Balfour in the 2008 shooting deaths of Hudson’s 57-year-old mother, Darnell Donerson, her 29-year-old brother Jason Hudson, and her nephew, Julian King.

Balfour was married to Hudson’s sister, and prosecutors contend he shot the family members in a jealous rage because she was dating another man.

— Associated Press