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Jennifer Hudson

Jury Divided

In Family Murder Trial

5/11/2012 1:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1:40 PM PT -- Imagine that ... just minutes after claiming they were "split," the jury HAS REACHED A VERDICT -- scheduled to be announced in 45 minutes.

2:20 PM PT -- Jennifer Hudson just arrived at court.

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The jury in the trial of William Balfour -- the man accused of murdering Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother, and 7-year-old nephew back in 2008 -- just told the judge they're "split" ... unable to reach a verdict after days of deliberations.

A verdict was originally expected on Wednesday -- when the jury first retreated for deliberations -- but it's been two full days ... and still, they're stuck.

But the judge won't accept a hung jury ... yet ... and has ordered them to keep working toward a verdict.

31-year-old Balfour stands accused of the triple murder after allegedly flying into a blind and jealous rage over a balloon gift for Julia Hudson, Balfour's ex and Jennifer's sister.

Prosecutors say Balfour thought the gift was from Julia's new boyfriend and he snapped. Balfour has pled not guilty to the murders.  

17 COMMENTS

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1.

Carrie    

WHAT!!!???!!! Divided??? That is ridiculous! It should be an open and closed case.

897 days ago
2.

Kabala    

Is that Chris Brown? :-))

897 days ago
3.

Becky    

If you actually look at the evidence it isnt a slam dunk case.

897 days ago
4.

dd    

Just Great, well do it again!

897 days ago
5.

My Big Salami    

Who is on that jury? Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson!

897 days ago
6.

bucky    

This whole case has been SLOPPY! They closed the investigation on her piece of crap drug dealing brother after they found out it was J. Hud's family. Being a drug dealer brings along TONS of enemies. Even though Balfour is a piece of ****, they need to realize he's not the ONLY SUSPECT.

His issue though is that he's threatened them before (so to speak, Julia Hudson seems like an untrusting leech of a woman). He's in deep **** either way.

This has been too sloppy of a case.

897 days ago
7.

Abe    

Harvey, CNN says a verdict has been reached. You need to update your stores more often.
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897 days ago
8.

no shit..    

Is this the Casey Anthony jury ????

897 days ago
9.

TiltDogg    

The more drama... the more the book deal will be worth to each juror. Money talks. Just sayin'...

897 days ago
10.

backfire    

I don't know a lot about this trial but wasn't Jennifer's brother a drug dealer for years. Maybe he made enemies?

897 days ago
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KicksandGiggles    

Must be some MEGA contrary evidence the public does not know about. Otherwise, it appeared to be open/shut case and his useless azz should be pre-soaking in crisco for the chair.

897 days ago
12.

myopinion    

Wow....I think the sister knows more...SAD SAD SAD!!!!!

897 days ago
13.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

I wish somebody would file charges against her bad singing and find her guilty of assault to my eardrums.

897 days ago
14.

Del    

You are mistaken. Even children know he did it. Way to get bogus views over a bogus story

896 days ago

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