William Balfour, the man accused of killing Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson‘s mother, brother and nephew, has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and home invasion.

Balfour, 27, entered his plea on Tuesday at Cook County Criminal Court in Chicago. Before doing so, he nodded to members of his family in the courtroom.

Balfour is the estranged husband of Jennifer Hudson’s sister, Julia. He is accused of murdering her son and Jennifer’s nephew, 7-year-old Julian King, Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, and brother Jason Hudson in October.

Balfour is currently being held without bail. He is set to return to court on Jan. 27.

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