Jurors declare William Balfour guilty in family murder case, Hudson releases statement
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Jurors declare William Balfour guilty in family murder case, Hudson releases statement

Chicago : IL : USA | May 12, 2012 at 1:00 AM PDT
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Jennifer Hudson's Brother-in-law Found Guilty in Hudson Family Murders

Jurors overseeing the case of Jennifer Hudson’s family murders have found William Balfour guilty on all counts, leading to a life prison sentence for him. Hudson, while emotional, is relieved with the final verdict. She thanked all who had supported their family during the difficult time.

William Balfour, estranged husband of Julia Hudson, Jennifer’s sister, got upset after discovering that his wife had been seeing another man and that she wanted a divorce. Jealous and insecure, Balfour repeatedly threatened Julia in the weeks leading to the murders, saying that he would kill her entire family, including her. He was accused of shooting Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, 57; her brother, Jason Hudson, 29 and a 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, in 2008.

Hudson, visibly upset by the trial and the testimonies, had told her attorney that she would be there in the court every day as long as it took to reach the verdict, because had it been her own murder trial, her mother would have done the same. It took jury 18 hours of deliberate discussion over a period of three days to agree on the final verdict. Balfour, 31, blankly stared ahead as he was convicted of the three killings and was sentenced to mandatory life prison.

Defense attorney still maintains that her client is innocent of all charges and the killings were a result of Jason Hudson’s crack cocaine business.

After the verdict had been read, Hudson and her sister released a joint statement thanking everyone for their help and support. "We have many people to thank but our first thank you is to God, always," they said in the statement. "We are so grateful to prosecutors James McKay, Jennifer Bagby and Veryl Gambino and State's Attorney Anita Alvarez and her team for their dedication and tireless work from the beginning."

"We have the best police department, and they have been with us every step of the way. We thank all of the State's witnesses who came forward on our behalf. We have felt the love and support from people all over the world and we're very grateful."

The jury said that despite the hideous crime Balfour had committed, they still had great empathy with him and his family. “He’s still a person, and this is not only about the lives of the Hudson family, but this is also his life and his family is being affected,” juror Jacinta Gholston said.

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Assistant State's Attorney James McKay arrives for the start of the case of William Balfour at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse in Chicago
Assistant State's Attorney James McKay arrives for the start of the case of William Balfour at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse in Chicago
Wendy Zachary is based in Texas, Texas, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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