Jennifer Hudson Family Murder Case Goes to Jury
Closing arguments given in court as jury now considers verdict…
Actress and singer Jennifer Hudson has been in court to hear the closing statements in the trial of William Balfour, the man accused of murdering her mother, brother and seven-year-old nephew.
Hudson attended the trial, held in a Chicago courtroom yesterday, with her fiancé David Otunga and sister Julia Hudson, who was married to Balfour at the time of the murders in October 2008.
Making her closing statements, Cook County Assistant State Attorney Jennifer Bagby said there was a "tsunami of evidence" tying Hudson’s ex-brother-in-law to the murders of her mother, Darnell Donerson, brother Jason Hudson and seven-year-old nephew Julian King.
According to E! Online, Bagby said: "Today is the time to hold [Balfour] responsible for killing, murdering and executing. He told [Julia] over and over again that, 'I will kill you—I will kill your family first and then I will kill you.'"
Bagby told the jury. "He put a bullet through the door…He fired that gun at her over and over again....He leaves her there to die. He didn't stop there. He went into Jason's room, who was sound asleep, and Balfour put his gun up against Jason's head and pulled the trigger. Not once, but twice, executing him in the bed. Then he came across Julian King."
The defense argued that the prosecution's case was entirely circumstantial.
After approximately four hours of arguments, the case was handed over to the jury. After reportedly spending yesterday in deliberations, the jury has yet to reach a verdict.