CHICAGO—Deliberations in the William Balfour trial will resume Thursday morning.
A few hours into deliberations Wednesday night, the jury had two questions for the judge.
The Judge sent back a question, which transcript(s) are you requesting?
He answered there other question with: You heard the evidence. You have the instruction of law. Please continue to deliberate.
Balfour is accused accused of killing three members of singer Jennifer Hudson's family.
Earlier, attorneys presented their closing arguments.
Prosecutors began by showing the death photos of all three victims. Jennifer Hudson and her sister, Julia, were in the courtroom at the time. They lowered their heads, rather than leave the courtroom as they have in the past when those type of photos have been shown.
The prosecution reiterated its position that Balfour commited the murders after he flew into a jealous rage because he thought his estranged wife, Julia Hudson, was seeing another man.
The defense rested its case on Tuesday, after testimony from 81 witnesses, including the Oscar-winning singer/actor Jennifer Hudson.
Balfour is accused of shooting to death Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, 57 and brother Jason Hudson, 29 in their home in Englewood in October 2008. The body of Hudson's 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, was found three days later in an SUV stolen from the Hudson home.
The prosecution's final witness Tuesday testified that a key found in Balfour's pocket belonged to Jason Hudson's stolen white SUV. That discovery however, wasn't made until last fall, when a CPD detective went with prosecutors to the pound and matched the key found in Balfour's possession the night of his arrest.
On cross-examination, Balfour's attorney pointed out that it took nearly three years for investigators to test the keys, suggesting that the evidence was tainted.
Closing arguments are expected to take about three hours. After that the judge will give the jury its instructions. If everything goes according to schedule the jury should have the case by this evening.