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William Balfour Charged With Murder of Jennifer Hudson’s Mother, Brother and Nephew

December 3, 2008

Police have charged William Balfour, the brother-in-law of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson, with the murders of her mother, brother and nephew.

From Reuters:

“You can never always know how a jury will decide a case but I’m confident the evidence is there and I’m confident we’ll be successful,” Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis said.

Police said they had the murder weapon and physical evidence as well as testimony that would convict William Balfour, 27, the estranged husband of Jennifer Hudson’s elder sister, Julia.

The motive for the October 24 murders involved a dispute between the two, police said.

Found dead from gunshots were Hudson’s mother Darnell Donerson, 57, and brother, Jason Hudson, 29, in the family’s South Side home. The body of Julian King, Julia’s son, was found four days later, with the gun used in the slayings found nearby.

In addition to the slayings Balfour was charged with home invasion.

Balfour’s mother Michele Balfour protested her son’s innocence to reporters, saying police relied on the word of one of his girlfriends who was facing a drug charge.

“They got a botched-up investigation,” she said, adding Balfour loved Hudson’s mother, Donerson, more than he loved her. “But I’m still his mother.”

Weis said no deals were made in exchange for witness statements implicating Balfour, who has been held on a parole violation since the slayings.

“We had citizens standing up and doing the right thing,” he said.

Hudson got her start in 2005 competing on the U.S. television show “American Idol” although she failed to reach the final. She later won the role of Effie White in the 2006 musical “Dreamgirls” and earned a best supporting actress Oscar for her performance.


Police Find Body in SUV; Believed to Be Body of Jennifer Hudson’s Nephew

October 27, 2008

Police searching for Jennifer Hudson’s missing 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, found the body of a young black boy in an SUV earlier today. An identity of the body has not yet been confirmed but sources believe that it may be King’s body. This is truly a sad story and I pray for the family who has lost loved ones.


Credit: Reuters

From the Associated Press:

Hudson’s nephew, Julian King, hasn’t been seen since Friday, when Hudson’s mother and brother were found shot to death in their home. Police issued an Amber Alert for Julian, who lived in the home, and were looking for a 1994 white Chevrolet Suburban.

The body was found in a white SUV on the city’s West Side Monday. It was towed away with the body still inside. Police refused to comment.

Hudson, who won an Academy Award in 2007 for her role in “Dreamgirls,” was in Chicago during the weekend. The medical examiner’s office confirmed Hudson identified the bodies of her mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, and 29-year-old brother, Jason Hudson. The deaths were ruled homicides.

Hudson, 27, offered a $100,000 reward for the safe return of her nephew, who is the son of her sister, Julia Hudson.

The Amber Alert listed William Balfour, the estranged husband of Julia Hudson, as a suspect in a “double homicide investigation.” Balfour, 27, has not been charged in the slayings. He is not the boy’s father.

Police said they did not have a motive for the killings but called the case “domestic related.”

Balfour was taken into custody Friday by Chicago police for questioning in the killings. On Sunday, he was transferred to the Illinois Department of Corrections “based on his active parole violation unrelated to this investigation.”

Records from the Corrections Department show Balfour is on parole and spent nearly seven years in prison for attempted murder, vehicular hijacking and possessing a stolen vehicle.

From Fox News:

MyFOXChicago is reporting that police located the SUV, which is believed to be the getaway vehicle driven by William Balfour, a suspect in the murders of the family members of Oscar-winning actress and singer Hudson.

While Chicago police have not yet confirmed whether the vehicle is in fact the white Chevy Suburban that police have been searching for, MyFOXChicago is reporting that the license plates match the Amber Alert issued after Hudson’s 7-year-old nephew Julian King was reported missing after the murders Friday.