Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Jennifer Hudson Takes Stand At Family Murder Trial

The American singer and actress Jennifer Hudson fought back the tears in a Chicago court as she faced her brother-in-law, who is accused of killing her mother, brother and young nephew.

The Grammy and Oscar-winning star was the first witness called in the trial of William Balfour charged with murdering her three family members four years ago in a suburb of Chicago.

She never liked her brother-in-law, she said, and urged her sister repeatedly not to marry him.

"None of us wanted her to marry him," she said, her voice cracking with emotion. "We did not like how he treated her."

The prosecution claims Balfour flew into a rage when he saw a gift of balloons left outside the family home.

Assuming they were a gift from another man to his estranged wife, Jennifer's sister Julia, he entered the house and shot their mother dead, before opening fire on their brother.

He then abducted their seven-year-old nephew in the dead brother's car and shot him as he cowered behind the front seat.

Hudson spoke about the harrowing day she learned of the deaths, flying home to Chicago and identifying her mother and brother's bodies at the mortuary. Read More