Trial to begin in slaying of Hudson family members

** FILE **This undated file photo provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections shows William Balfour. Balfour, the estranged brother-in-law of actress and singer Jennifer Hudson, was charged Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, three counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of three family members. (AP Photo/Illinois Department of Corrections, File)

April 23, 2012 9:50:27 AM PDT
The trial began Monday for the man accused of killing Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew four years ago, and although the Oscar-winning actress and singer was in the building, she wouldn't be present for opening statements, an official said.