April 23, 2012 |
Jennifer Hudson, whose voice and upbeat persona paved her way to fame on television, in the movies and even as a spokeswoman fighting excess weight, reportedly broke down in tears Monday as she took the stand in the trial of a man accused of killing three of her relatives. Dressed in black with hair pulled demurely back, Hudson, who has won a Grammy for her singing, spoke so softly that Judge Charles Burns at one point gently asked her to speak up, according to media accounts.
December 4, 2008 |
Prosecutors described in court Wednesday the evidence against Jennifer Hudson's brother-in-law, who they say killed three members of the actress' family out of jealousy. William Balfour, 27, the estranged husband of Hudson's sister Julia, stood quietly in court as prosecutors said that gunshot residue had been found on his car's steering wheel and that he had lied about his movements on the morning of the murders.
December 3, 2008 |
Actress Jennifer Hudson's brother-in-law was charged Tuesday in Chicago with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of home invasion in the deaths of three members of Hudson's family. William Balfour, 27, is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing today. Balfour has been the prime suspect since the bodies of Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, and brother, Jason Hudson, 29, were discovered in their Chicago home Oct. 24. Hudson's nephew, 7-year-old Julian King, was found days later, shot to death in an SUV.
November 15, 2008 |
In her first statement since burying her slain mother, brother and nephew, Jennifer Hudson thanked her fans for their encouragement during the tragic ordeal. "I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time," the 27-year-old Oscar-winning actress and singer said in a posting on her MySpace page Thursday evening. "My sister and I take great comfort and strength from your love and concern." Last week, Hudson buried her mother, 57-year-old Darnell Donerson; her brother, Jason Hudson, 29; and her 7-year-old nephew, Julian King.
November 1, 2008 |
Chicago police confirmed they have found the gun used in the killings of the mother, brother and nephew of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson. The .45-caliber gun was discovered Wednesday in a vacant lot in the neighborhood where the body of Hudson's 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, was found a few days earlier inside an SUV. The bodies of Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, and her brother, Jason Hudson, 29, were discovered in the family's home...
October 31, 2008 |
Detectives believe the 7-year-old nephew of singer-actress Jennifer Hudson was probably shot in the sport utility vehicle where his body was later found, a police official said Thursday. Police think Julian King was alive when he left the house where his uncle and grandmother were killed last week, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. The official would not discuss when detectives think the boy died.