01/20/2009 AT 02:15 PM EST
's brother-in-law, William Balfour – who stands accused of murdering three members
of the Oscar winner's family in Chicago last October – has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and home invasion.
Nodding to members of his family as he stepped into the courtroom, Balfour (the estranged husband
of Hudson's sister, Julia Hudson) entered his plea Tuesday at Cook County Criminal Court, the Associated Press reports.
Balfour is accused of killing their mother, brother and Julia Hudson's 7-year-old son. He is being held without bail and is next scheduled to appear in court Jan. 27.
Jennifer Hudson, 27, is due to sing
"The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl Feb. 1.
– Stephen M. Silverman