Jennifer Hudson on witness list in murder trial

2012-02-29 07:15

Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is on the witness list for the upcoming Chicago trial of the man accused of killing her mother, brother and seven-year-old nephew in 2008, according to court documents.

Prosecutors, however have not yet disclosed whether Hudson will actually testify at the April 9 trial of William Balfour, who was the estranged husband of Hudson’s sister, Julia.

Hudson told investigators that she talked to her mother in Chicago’s Englewood neighbourhood every day and knew something was wrong when she hadn’t heard from her by late in the morning of October 24, 2008, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Several hours later, Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson (57) and brother, Jason (29) were found shot to death in the family’s home.

The body of her nephew Julian King, who was Julia Hudson’s child from a previous relationship, was found days later in a vehicle several kilometers away.

Police recovered a gun from bushes near the vehicle and have linked it to the shootings.

Hudson told investigators she’d known Balfour since childhood and had advised her sister against marrying him. She said the family didn’t find out about their 2006 marriage until months after it happened.

Prosecutors have argued that Balfour killed the family because he was angry that Julia Hudson was dating another man.

Jennifer Hudson (30), who won an Academy Award for best supporting actress in 2007 for her role in Dreamgirls, was in Chicago with her family about five days before the killings. She said she’d last been at the family home about two months earlier.

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