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More than three years after Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew were murdered, William Balfour, the man accused of the crimes, is finally set to have his day in court -- and the American Idol contestant and Dreamgirls Oscar winner may take to the witness stand to testify against him.
Balfour, who is the estranged husband of Hudson's sister Julia, is charged with fatally shooting Hudson's mother Darnell Donnerson, brother Jason and Julia's 7-year-old son (and his own stepson) Julian King, after allegedly flying into a jealous rage at the thought that Julia had a new boyfriend.
According to CNN, Hudson, 30, is on the witness list for -- and could be called to testify in -- the trial, which begins Monday in Chicago with jury selection.
Balfour has pleaded "not guilty" to the charges, with his attorney claiming that there is no forensic evidence tying his client to the murders.
Although Hudson has shied away from discussing her family tragedy in the media, she did address it in an interview with NBC's Dateline in January.
"I felt as though I had to (perform)," Hudson said of her return to the spotlight with a rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner" at the 2009 Super Bowl. "I could hear my brother's voice in my head, like, 'Is she ever going to sing again?' He'd always say, 'Knock it off, Jenny!' if I was discouraged about something. I could either sit here and mope around, or do what I know would make them proud."
Opening statements in the trial are scheduled to begin April 23.