After 4 years of waiting, it’s finally the first day of the murder trial against William Balfour, Jennifer Hudson’s brother-in-law and the man who’s accused of murdering her mother, brother, and 7-year-old nephew. Back in October 2008, J. Hud’s mom Dranell and her brother Jason were found shot in her mother’s home in Chicago with her nephew Julian missing. Three days later Julian was found dead in Jason’s SUV 13 miles away. Today Jennifer was the first witness called to the stand to testify against her former brother-in-law for the killings and threw her emotional testimony she revealed that she never wanted Williams to be with her sister Julia.
“None of us wanted her to marry him. We did not like how he treated her.”
Prosecutors are saying that William threatened Julia on her birthday, the day before the murders and told her that if she ever left , he was going to kill her and her family:
“If you ever leave me, I’m going to kill you, but I’m going to kill your family first.” She didn’t take him seriously, prosecutor James McKay said, because Balfour hadn’t acted on the threats before.
“Those were not idle threats. … They were deadly warnings of what was to come,” prosecutor Veryl Gambino told the Cook County jury.
The prosecution says that it all started when Julia received some balloons, a gift that William thought she got from a new boyfriend. They say he got upset and Julia told police that the day her family was killed, she left for work that morning and she said William stayed behind. The prosecution believes that William shot her mother in the living room and her brother as he was laying in bed before shooting little Julian in the head as he was laying behind the front seat of the SUV.
On the flip side, the defense thinks that theory is ridiculous because the gun was later found but it didn’t have William’s fingerprints or DNA on it. Even though gunpowder residue was found on his steering wheel, his lawyers say that doesn’t prove anything.
“As soon as that (that a celebrity was linked to the case) became known, they knew coverage would explode,”defense attorney Amy Thompson said. “The police were on the hook. They had to find their man and find him fast.”
But after four years, still dealing with the lost of her family then, to finally face the man who’s responsible for taking their lives, J. Hud couldn’t help her breakdown.
According to TMZ…
Jennifer Hudson dissolved into tears as she testified at the trial of William Balfour — the man accused of murdering her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.
Hudson broke down when the prosecutor asked her about the last time she saw her family. She said her last visit was just days before the slaughter.
Hudson broke down again when the prosecutor handed her a photo of her mom.
Most relevant to the case … Hudson told jurors no one in her family wanted her sister to date William Balfour, the man accused of the triple murder. She said she always tried to keep her distance from Balfour.
Hudson says she never , EVER liked Balfour … saying, “not even in grammar school.”
Jennifer told the court she tried to keep her distance from William whenever she thought he would be around … saying, “Where he was, I tried not to be. So if I saw him, I separated myself.”
- Jennifer Hudson to Testify in William Balfour Murder Case (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- William Balfour Murder Trial Begins (myfoxchicago.com)
- Jennifer Hudson Family Murder Trial Starts Monday (huffingtonpost.com)
- Jennifer Hudson family murder trial starts in earnest (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
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