The conviction of’s previous brother-in-law in murders of her mother, brother and nephew means that the man will be sentenced to a lifetime of imprisonment. It is being insisted by adjudicators that the decision is free of bias and irrespective of Ms. Hudson’s celebrity status.
One jury member named Jacinta Gholston claimed that this decision was not about Jennifer Hudson at all. Rather, it was about a man, William Balfour, and the fact that he was her former brother-in-law had no meaning.
Since the state of Illinois does not give a death penalty for murder, William Balfour only faces a compulsory life imprisonment despite being convicted by three courts of three first-degree murders. He was also an ex-member of a gang.
Details reveal that the judge was informed about disagreement of three jury members against the conviction just an hour before the announcement of the verdict. The stance maintained by the prosecutor entailed that Balfour’s act of crime was triggered by vengeance, since his wife, Julian Hudson, did not accommodate after an argument.
Jennifer Hudson greeted the verdict with a smiling look at her sister. Her reactions were prominently visible in contrast from tear-streaked face a minute before.
Later on Friday, both sisters jointly stated that the murders had resulted in a terrible loss for them.
While thanking prosecutors on their "dedication and tireless work" along with police and witnesses, they also prayed for forgiveness of Mr. Balfour while hoping that he would repent his actions.
After convicting Balfour, jury members claimed that his stubborn denial was difficult to swallow against sweeping evidence found in cellphone records.
The foreman of jury, Robert Smith, said that although others were cynical, he was sure about the conviction from the beginning.
Jennifer Hudson herself led the list of 83 witnesses interviewed in front of jury. She was found upset in the witness stand as she blatantly spelled out her disgust for the villain. However, jury members declared her statements inconsequential, as they were found to be emotionally moving.