Jury selection wrapped up Tuesday for the Chicago trial of the man accused of killing the mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew of actress and singer Jennifer Hudson.
The final four panelists were chosen on the second day of one-by-one questioning of prospective jurors. Among them was a member of an acrobatics group and someone who served years ago on the jury of another murder trial.
The 14 selected earlier to hear evidence against William Balfour included a school teacher, an unemployed bank teller searching for a job who lives three blocks from court and a young chocolate-company employee who said her favorite activity outside work was eating and sleeping.
The specter of Hudson’s star power and how it could affect proceedings loomed over the two days of jury selection this week.
Before he let those chosen Tuesday head home, Judge Charles Burns warned them not to switch on “American Idol” this Thursday because Hudson may appear on the show, on which she first rose to fame as a contestant in 2004.
“Please don’t watch it,” he said firmly.
Hudson’s celebrity took center stage in many juror interviews.