Tuesday, April 24, 2012

William Balfour: Stands Trial for the Killing of Jennifer Hudson's Family

FILE - In an Oct. 28, 2008 file photo, Jeffery Wilder passes a makeshift memorial outside the Chicago home of Darnell Donerson, who along with her son, Jason Hudson, were found shot to death inside the home on Friday, Oct. 24. On Monday, Donerson's grandson, Julian King, was found shot to death in an SUV on the city's West Side. Donerson is the mother of singer and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson. On Monday, April 23, 2012, opening statements begin in the trial of William Balfour, charged in the murder of Hudson's mother, brother and nephew. Photo: Charles Rex Arbogas / AP
Memorial Outside the Families Chicago Home October 2008

October 24, 2008 we learned of a turn of events that would upset and shake up the world of one our beloved R&B Singers Jennifer Hudson.  Jennifer's mother Darnell Donerson (57), brother Jason Hudson (29) & her 7 year old nephew Julian King were murder.  The believed perpetrator of these horrific events is believed to be Jennifer's estranged brother-in-law William Balfour. 

Jennifer Hudson Testifying

At the time of these murders Balfour was the estranged husband of Jennifer's sister Julia Hudson.  If you can remember at this time the Oscar winner was in Florida when these crimes where committed.  Jennifer's mother and brother were found deceased in there home in Chicago.  Julian was not found until three days letter deceased in the stolen SUV that belonged to his uncle Jason. 

The trial has begun and William Balfour has pleaded "NOT GUILTY."  If convicted Balfour can face up to LIFE IN PRISON.  Prosecutor's first witness was Jennifer Hudson.  She basically testified as to how the Family did not approve or like Julia's decision to marry Balfour.  Because there were no eyewitnesses to these murders the prosecutor will have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that William Balfour is the perpetrator of these murders.  Ms. Hudson has testified in the case and has been in the courtroom to hear testimony from officers and her sister Julia.  Both Jennifer and Julia left the courtroom prior to crime scene photos of their deceased family members were displayed on a large projector in the courtroom.

It is believed that William Balfour committed these murders as revenge against Julia Hudson. 

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