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Possible Hudson family murder trial jurors queried

CHICAGO — A potential juror in Chicago who works as a physical therapist says she watched "American Idol" during the year actress Jennifer Hudson appeared on the show. But she says that wouldn't affect her ability to be fair to a defendant who's accused of murdering the Oscar winner's mother, brother and nephew.

Jury selection began in earnest Monday in the trial of William Balfour. Balfour sat just a few feet across a conference table from the possible jurors as they answered questions one by one.

Among those retained in the jury pool for now is a junior high school teacher whose brother was a former Cook County's state attorney.

Out of the first dozen would-be jurors questioned Monday, the judge dismissed half.