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Balfour murder trial jury: 'We're split, but we're trying'

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

Jurors in the trial of William Balfour, the man accused of murdering Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew, sent the judge a note on Friday afternoon saying they are split, but they are still trying to reach a verdict.

The jurors also asked for cell phone records. Earlier Friday, which was their third day of deliberations, they asked to re-watch video footage shown during the trial.

Judge Charles Burns indicated he'd send jurors videos of the post-arrest interrogation of Balfour, Hudson's former brother-in-law, and surveillance footage of Balfour's car.

Prosecutors say Balfour was estranged from Hudson's sister, Julia Hudson, at the time of the October 2008 slayings and that he killed the sisters' three relatives because she refused to take him back.

Defense attorneys argue there is little evidence tying Balfour to the killings.

Balfour is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and would face a mandatory life prison term if convicted.

They began Friday after offering no clues Thursday about whether they're close to a decision about William Balfour. Jurors sent the judge a note Wednesday but none since.

They're sequestered overnights at a hotel so they can't see news on the case.

Some juries first go through all testimony before polling themselves. At Balfour's two-week trial, prosecutors called 83 witnesses and entered boxfuls of evidence, from maps to the .45-caliber handgun allegedly use in the slayings.

Some legal observers say the longer jurors deliberate, the better for the defense. But that frequently doesn't turn out to be true.

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