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Jennifer Hudson’s estranged brother-in-law, William Balfour, has pleaded not guilty in the murders of the singer’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.

Balfour, 27, entered his plea to charges of first-degree murder and home invasion Tuesday at Cook County Criminal Court in Chicago. Before doing so he nodded to members of his family in the courtroom, The Associated Press reports.

He is being held without bail. He is due in court again January 27.

The estranged husband of Jennifer Hudson’s sister, Julia Hudson, William Balfour was arrested in connection to the three grisly murders in December.

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Hudson’s mother Darnell Donerson, 57, and brother Jason Hudson, 29, were found shot to death in the family’s Chicago home on October 24.

The body of Julian King, 7, was found three days later.

Prosecutors had claimed that Balfour, considered the prime suspect from very early on in the investigation, was upset that Julia Hudson was dating another man and that his jealously may have played a role in the crime. The gift of a car is also at issue.

Jennifer Hudson is set to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on February 1, and is also slated to perform at the upcoming Grammy Awards.