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CHICAGO — Jurors have begun deliberating for a second day in the trial of the man charged with murdering Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.

The jury is returned to the Chicago courthouse Thursday after deliberating for four hours Wednesday following closing arguments.

Hudson's former brother-in-law, William Balfour, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in the October 2008 slayings.

Judge Charles Burns ordered the jurors sequestered at a hotel for the night to ensure they wouldn't view media coverage of the trial.

Burns also told jurors their cellphones also would be seized and said they must understand that their communications must be "cut off with the outside world" as they deliberate.

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