Prosecutors in the Jennifer Hudson family murder trial targeted jurors' emotions during their closing arguments on Wednesday (09May12) as they presented photos of the victims smiling before their tragic deaths.
As the case against suspect William Balfour drew to a close, state attorney Jennifer Bagby used the opportunity to remind the jury about the three lives cut short by the brutal murders of October, 2008, when the singer/actress' mother, brother and nephew were shot dead in their native Chicago, Illinois.
Bagby passed around pictures of the happy family before handing out images of the bloodied, bullet-riddled bodies of the victims and pointed out Balfour, Hudson's estranged brother-in-law, as the person responsible for the slayings.
Balfour has pleaded not guilty to the murder charges.
The Dreamgirls star, who had previously left the courtroom when prosecutors first used the images as evidence, hung her head in pain as the photos were displayed again.
Defence lawyer Amy Thompson then wrapped up her case by highlighting the fact that the prosecution had no Dna proof to link Balfour to the crimes and that gunshot residue found in the suspect's car was not enough to pin the murders on him.
Pointing to the prosecutors, she said, "They know as they sit there that they have failed to prove the case. I am offended that they would ask you to throw your logic away."
Jurors heard more than two weeks of testimony from witnesses including Hudson and her sister Julia, who told the court how her ex Balfour had threatened to kill her and her family numerous times in the months leading up to the October shootings.
A verdict is expected later this week (begs07May12).