Crime

Jennifer Hudson Testifies in Family Murder Trial

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Jennifer Hudson took the stand Monday morning to testify in the case of the murder of her mother, brother, and nephew.

Hudson took the stand to testify against alleged killer, William Balfour, who is on trial for the 2008 murder of  Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson; her brother, Jason Hudson; and her 7-year-old nephew Julian King. According to the Chicago Tribune, Hudson choked back tears as she told jurors that no one in her family wanted Balfour to marry her sister. She said:

“We didn’t like the way he treated her, and I didn’t like the way he treated my nephew.”

Hudson was dressed in all black with her hair pulled back into a ponytail. She spoke very quietly and sometimes even at a whisper. The judge had to ask her to speak up several times. Hudson didn’t really offer much insight into the murder itself, but the Tribune reported that her testimony depicted a “heartbreaking picture of a close-knit family torn apart by a violent crime.” Hudson said that she spoke to or texted Donerson everyday and when she received a call from her sister about the murders she flew back immediately to Chicago to identify the bodies of her mother and brother at the morgue.

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King was found two days after the murders in an abandoned vehicle that prosecutors claim Balfour stole from the scene of the crime.

Hudson is expected to attend everyday of the trial. On the first day she was accompanied by her fiance and wrestler David Otunga.

In opening statements, prosecutors said that Balfour undertook the murders because he could not stand the idea of his estranged wife, Julia Hudson, dating other men. Balfour has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first degree murder.

Written by Michelle Wincott