Man Who Killed Jennifer Hudson’s Family Gets 3 Life Sentences
CHICAGO — William Balfour, the man convicted of killing three of Jennifer Hudson’s family members, received three life sentences on Tuesday for his crimes.
According to a ChicagoTribune.com report, Balfour received the sentence for killing Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson; her brother, Jason Hudson; and Hudson’s nephew, 7-year-old Julian King.
CNN reports that in May, a jury found Balfour guilty on three counts of first-degree murder and four other counts related to the 2008 slayings.
Balfour was accused of fatally shooting the singer’s mother and brother in their Chicago home in October 2008. The body of the nephew was found three days later in an abandoned vehicle.
Prosecutors portrayed Balfour as a jealous man who murdered the three in a rage at the thought that his wife had a boyfriend.
During the trial, Hudson was called as the prosecution’s first of more than 80 witnesses. She broke down in tears several times on the stand and talked about her family.
“None of us wanted her to marry him,” Hudson said of her sister’s choice of Balfour. “We did not like how he treated her.
“Where he was, I tried not to be,” she said.
The crimes took place a year after Hudson, who rose to fame as a contestant on “American Idol,” won an Oscar for her role in the movie “Dreamgirls.”
Hudson spoke about her mother in an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan this year.
“My mother was a very wise and strong person. I feel like she raised us well, and she prepared me well, and so that’s what I live by,” she said.