Jennifer Hudson Breaks Down While Testifying During Family’s Murder Trial
American Idol and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson was in a Chicago courthouse today to testify against her ex-brother-in-law on trial for the murder of her mother, brother and nephew.
The tragedy that struck the Hudson family made instant headlines in October 2008 when it was reported that Jennifer Hudson’s ex-brother-in-law, William Balfour, broke into the Hudson household on October 24th, and shot Jennifer’s mother Darnell Donerson and brother Jason Hudson. Balfour then kidnapped Jennifer’s 7 year old nephew Julian King, stole Jason’s car, shot Julian in the front seat and abandoned the SUV. After a three day search, Balfour was brought in.
Jennifer was the first witness to take the stand in a simple black dress, pulled back hair, and a stance of confidence. She shared her memories of Balfour, who she’d known since middle school. Even then, she was not a fan. When her sister Julia Hudson wanted to marry him, the family was against it. Jennifer fought tears as she recalled, “None of us wanted her to marry him,” adding “We did not like how he treated her.”
Balfour’s alleged crimes spawned from jealousy. Hudson confirmed how Balfour’s state of mind was, and noted what he’d say to Julia’s son when he’d kiss his own mother, “He’d say, ‘Get off my wife.’” Julia Hudson added that Balfour had told her, “If you leave me, you’ll be the last to die. I’m going to kill your family first.” Things reached the turning point the day before the murders when Balfour became enraged when he saw balloons at the Hudson residence for Julia’s birthday.
Defense Attorney Amy Thompson retorted that the Hudson’s were playing the celebrity card with the jurors, “As soon as that (a celebrity was linked to the case) became known, they knew coverage would explode,” Thompson said. “The police were on the hook. They had to find their man and find him fast.”
The fact that this case deals with a celebrity family doesn’t matter. Three innocent people, one being a child, are dead and someone needs to stand trial. Evidence and more testimonies (close to 300 potential witnesses) will come into play and when it’s all said and done, we hope that someone is held accountable for this horrific series of events.