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The Jennifer Hudson Family Murders

3 Family Members Shot to Death


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On October 24, 2008, the bodies of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother were found in the family's home on Chicago's South Side. Shot to death were Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, and her brother, Jason Hudson. Missing from the home was Julian King, the son of Jennifer's sister Julia Hudson.

Three days later the body of 7-year-old Julian, Hudson's nephew, was found in a SUV parked on the West Side. He also had been shot. A .45-calibre gun found near the parked SUV was linked to all of the shooting deaths.

Recent Developments

William Balfour Gets Life Sentence
July 24, 2012
Jennifer Hudson's former brother-in-law, convicted in May of shooting to death her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew, has been given three life sentences plus 120 years in prison. Judge Charles Burns also denied William Balfour's motion for a new trial in the triple murder case.

Balfour Guilty in Hudson Murders
May 11, 2012
An hour after telling the judge they were split, a Chicago jury returned guilty verdicts against the former brother-in-law of Jennifer Hudson for murdering three members of her family in 2008. William Balfour was found guilty of killing her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.

Previous Developments

Balfour Asked Witness to Alibi Him
May 2, 2012
A witness in the Jennifer Hudson family murders trial said the accused killer asked her to provide him an alibi for the day of the shootings. Brittany Acoff Howard testified that William Balfour asked her to cover for him for Oct. 24, 2008, the day Hudson's family members were killed.

Jennifer Hudson Testifies in Murder Trial
April 23, 2012
Actress and singer Jennifer Hudson broke down in tears as the first witness called in the trial of the man accused of killing her mother, brother and nephew. She told jurors that no one in her family wanted her sister to marry the defendant, William Balfour.

Jurors Picked for Jennifer Hudson Family Murder Trial
April 10, 2012
After answering questions about their knowledge of singer and actress Jennifer Hudson, 12 jurors and six alternates have been chosen for the trial of the man who killed three members of her family.

Hudson Suspect Tried to Solicit Alibi
March 13, 2012
The suspect in the killing of singer Jennfir Hudson's family members tried to get a former girlfriend to provide him with a false alibi for the day that the murders occurred. According to court papers, William Balfour solicited the false alibi from Brittany Acoff-Howard, who now lives in South Carolina.

Man Pleads Not Guilty in Hudson Murders
Jan. 20, 2008
The man charged with killed three members of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson's family has entered a not guilty plea in Cook County Criminal Court in Chicago. William Balfour is charged with first-degree murder and home invasion.

Brother-in-Law Arrested in Jennifer Hudson Case
Dec. 1, 2008
The estranged brother-in-law of Jennifer Hudson has been arrested in connection with the death of the singer's mother, brother and young nephew in their Chicago home. William Balfour was arrested at Stateville Correctional Center where he was being held on parole violation charges.

Hudson Suspect to Remain in Jail
Nov. 11, 2008
A man mentioned as a "person of interest" in the deaths of singer Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew will remain in jail until at least December 3, a parole review official ruled. William Balfour, 27, will face a hearing in front of the full Illinois Prisoner Review Board in December.

No Charges Filed in Jennifer Hudson's Family Deaths
Oct. 27, 2008
Although a "person of interest" has been arrested, no charges have been filed in the deaths of family members of Academy Award winning singer Jennifer Hudson. Dead are Jennifer Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson; brother, Jason Hudson; and nephew, Julian King.

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