William Balfour Given Three Life Sentences In Jennifer Hudson Family Murder Trial

UPDATE #2: The man accused of killing Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew was given three life sentences.

In 2008, tragedy struck as Jennifer Hudson's mother, 29-year-old brother, and seven-year-old nephew were all shot to death.

William Balfour stands accused of killing Darnell Donerson, Hudson's mother, in the living room where Hudson grew up, then shooting Jason Hudson, Jennifer's brother, in the head as he lay in bed. Balfour later allegedly drove off with Julia Hudson's son, Julian King, and shot him in the head as he lay behind a front seat of a car.

Hudson took the witness stand on Monday (April 23) in the Balfour's trial. He has pleaded not guilty to three charges of first-degree murder.

The Chicago Tribune reports that, after playing the 9-1-1 tape of Julia Hudson calling the police dispatcher, she testified that Balfour, her estranged husband, became jealous after she went with Jennifer to Japan to promote the singer's movie, Dreamgirls.

In addition to two hours of testimony from Julia, Jennifer Hudson took the stand.

"We didn't like the way he treated [Julia], and I didn't like the way he treated my nephew," explained Hudson.

"It was always me and my Tugga Bear. That's what I called him," said Hudson of her nephew Julian. Hudson reportedly had to choke back tears during her testimony.

[April 23]

UPDATE: TMZ reports that William Balfour was found guilty of murdering three members of Jennifer Hudson's family. The verdict comes after two days of deliberation. He was convicted of first degree murder as well as home invasion and residential burglary. He now faces life in prison.

[May 11]

UPDATE #2: TMZ reports that William Balfour has been sentenced to three life sentences for the murder of three members of Jennifer Hudson's family. During the sentencing hearing, which was attended by Hudson, the judge told Balfour, "Your soul is as barren as dark space." 

RELATED: Jennifer Hudson Tributes Whitney Houston At The 2012 Grammy Awards

43 Comments

  • hypestyle

    no sympathy for balfour. But beyond the celebrity connection, unfortunately, this is something that happens all too frequently, especially in minority communities. At the same time, I have to stress that many of these young women out here have to do a drastic re-assessment of the men that they are willing to have in their life-- dating, boyfriends, husbands, FWB, whatever the case may be-- too many young women are choosing serial parolees as their significant other. There was a case in Detroit just in the past few weeks where a guy got out of prison after a 10 year bid, somehow contacted his ex (or vice versa) and convinced her to meet up with him somewhere, and he killed her; in the police chase that followed; he shot and killed himself. This trend of women regularly getting involved with unrepentant criminals is beyond shameful; the women are putting themselves at risk, their children and other family as well.. often times (though not always) the "trigger" to these men 'going off' is the threat of a breakup or general control-issue cliches.

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  • What

    If this dude did it, He desire what he got point blank and that goes for them rapping niggaz too lock all the asses up for life! West Side!

  • Fuck Outta Here

    If this dude was a rapper and Jennifer Hudson wasn't famous, half of yall would be saying Free Balfour.

  • Anonymous

    You know, it costs more taxpayer money to enforce the death penalty which civilized countries shouldn't have anymore anyway. That's a fact. It's cheaper to let people rot in prison for the rest of their miserable lives than to allow them the right to infinite appeals; wasting court resources, wasting time, and wasting a lot of money so the state can kill people. Also, what is with this obsession of hip-hop fans repeating this bullshit Illuminati or devil-worshiping cults? You have to be a special kind of stupid to believe in that. It's extreme religious paranoia to believe in things like that because they exist just as much as unicorns. The world doesn't work that way; there isn't a magical, hidden, guiding hand somehow controlling everything, led by some secret society of "devil worshipers" (whatever that means), from the murder of someone's family (just because someone in it happens to be famous it MUST be a "sacrifice"), to Grammy award performances, right up to engineering terrorist attacks or global economic meltdowns. Come on son. That's not reality. Get your heads out of your asses, read some books, go outside, get a job, pay attention, and then you'll come a bit closer to understanding how the world actually works than pointing the finger and blaming a bogeyman for anything bad that happens.

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  • nuc

    more american tax dollars going to waste keeping this guy alive,, why keep all these ppl alive. enough evil in the world as is. death penalty his ass, get him off the earth.

  • playboy pryor

    i hope they make hime cry blood tears in jail!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I guess Rocky sacriface his son so ASAP Rocky can be a rap superstar.

  • Anonymous

    murda was the case that they gave him

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    "So a Satan worshiping cult/all powerful, all knowing shadow government gave Bob Marley cancer" They were tired of his music. They didn't have IPOD's back then, and couldn't just skip to another song. Even cults need a little variety in their ritual theme music.

    • Fuck Outta Here

      The brother's white SUV was stolen and abandon with the kid's body in it. Balfour was found with the stolen car keys. Pretty sure that's called evidence.

    • MAC DRE

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    • Anonymous

      thank you... jennifer hudson's family was sacrificed to allow her to gain the popularity she has now... this man was convicted of murder with no evidence what so ever.. he was convicted of murder off of pure here-say.. this is a scary world we live in...

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  • kevi kev

    im glad he got life in prison fucking bastard i hope he gets fucked up in prison jennifer hudsons family didnt deserve to die like that

    • Anonymous

      there was NO proof he comitted murder.. it is no doubt a tragedy that her family was murdered (RIP to all of them), but he was convicted off of pure here say.. people said he threatened his lady, and thats what got him convicted.. there is as much proof he committed the murders as there is that her family was a blood sacrifice to the illuminati...

    • Anonymous

      co sign. true to life scumbag piece of shit

  • Anonymous

    you illuminati "blood sacrifice" conspiricists make yourselves more and more stupid every single day. then you wonder why even the people don't take you seriously.

    • Anonymous

      and the fact that all you can do is call names "conspiricists" "stupider and stupider"... lol, yet you call other people dumb.. go suck a dick with rodrick, fuck boy...

    • Anonymous

      and you closed minded people wonder why you get laughed at... just because its not out there in front of your face and you have to do a little research doesnt mean it isnt true...

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  • Anonymous

    Sad story I hope for the best for her

  • Rodrick

    That dude down bottom is a loser for even coming in this thread on that bullshit, take your hoe ass to church and light a candle nigga somebodies family got killed here, by a real person, not a make believe fairy tale Illuminati that losers believe in because its the only way they can excuse there own failures. "I'm a loser, nothing I wanted in life worked out for me...... I know, it must be the ILLUMINATI, its all there fault, cause it couldnt possibly be mine, right???" Go kill yourself

    • Anonymous

      meant to say *hey rodrick, go suck a dick.. but my point still stands... go suck a dick, fuck boy..

    • Anonymous

      her rodrick, go suck a dick... its a tragedy that the family was killed no doubt (RIP to all those that lost their lives) but dude was convicted with NO evidence at all.. no fingerprints, no dna, nothing tying him to any crime scene... theres more evidence pointing twoards this being a blood sacrifice to the illuminati then there is that this man committed murder..

  • Anonymous

    I hope they give that dude the death penalty, summin tells me that nobody will get there "Troy Davis" on to save his ass, lol Oh, and Illuminati guy down below clearly suffers from paranoid religious delusions, ignore him like the homeless guys on the side of the road who preach fire and brimstone out one side of there mouth and ask you for change out the other so they can buy more liquor

    • Anonymous

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  • ItsTheTruth

    We all know this lady sacrificed her family to get to where she's at now. Sacrificing/rituals is nothing new in the industry. It's satanic and sadistic. This the kinda shit they make you do if you ain't bloodline. Didn't one of her own cousins even call her out on it? You guys don't remember what Michael Jackson and 2pac were preaching about right before their death? "Changes", "They Don't Care About Us". Michael Jackson talked about spreading love and that "we are all one" and 2pac became a threat, it was bigger than music, it was a movement that could have brought the black community together and made them stronger than ever. They love the division, they love the hate, they love the racism, they love the poor, but they hate anybody that can see past all the bullshit, that can think for themselves and ask questions. There's a reason popular/mainstream music is shitty and degrading to society/youth, and real music with real message doesn't sell copies. The last we have to speak the truth (mainstream wise) is DMX, and they don't have a problem setting him up and putting him back in jail, if he keeps preaching the importance of god/love. Don't be surprised if he gets merked off soon. Bob Marley, John Lennon, 2pac, Michael Jackson...they all went against the Industry norm and they paid for it.

    • Anonymous

      im glad to see at least two other people can see the truth.. do you peeps bashing them realize that dude was convicted of murder with NO EVIDENCE?? no fingerprint, no dna, nothing tying him to either of the crime scenes.. just a whole lot of SPECULATION... there is as much PROOF he committed those murders (RIP to the family) as there is proof that the family was a blood sacrifice to the illuminati... just because you have to do a little research and its not on any of the controlled and bought MSM networks doesnt mean its not true... YOU need to wake up and read a book... I read plenty, how bout you???????????

    • Anonymous

      rock on my g! we woke out here. watch dude walk free because its all part of the show. these niggas scared to find out this world aint full of rainbows, ponys, and unicorns like they had hoped and been trained to believe. Its too big of a jump for them to swallow how twisted shit is from the matrix the been attached to all their lives. you have to let them start to see on their own. some of them were never meant to wake up. but when certain ones do, just be there to school them. thats all we can do. i know the feelin when you been awaken and see all this shit and want to tell everyone...they just lash out at you or think you crazy because some cant believe shit is that fucked up and some are going to do anything they can to stay attached to the matrix. its all they know and they scared to see whats really out here. peace unto you...now that u know the truth evolve your being. because the bottom line of all this shit involves your internal.

    • Anonymous

      i despise people like you. fucking loser. thats the only word i can think of to describe you. nothing to offer anyone.

    • OC

      So a Satan worshiping cult/all powerful, all knowing shadow government gave Bob Marley cancer. lol, you're an asshole

    • GOD

      Based on your response I'd say you are the idiot. And by definition it means a stupid person or a mentally handicapped person. Please read an actual book before commenting on the industry, especially one you have not worked in or had experience with. Personally I think you read way to many comments on Kanye. I also think you're a loser. Both accurate Please stop acting intelligent. Not only does that make you look like an ass. It also proves my assumptions right. Live your life, when Pharoahe Monch gets a fanbase of people who will buy records perhaps we will see him on a David guetta song.

    • ItsTheTruth

      @ GOD 1. No, 2pac was not responsible for the whole "West Coast vs East Coast" beef. That was hyped up by the MEDIA. 2pac stated himself it wasn't about coast vs coast, it was between him and biggie. 2. The people buy the "shitty" music because it is heavily promoted everywhere. The radio, MTV, BET, etc. You think you will see pharoahe monch, mos def, saigon, etc, on a "Hottest MCs list"? The media says what's hot, kids buy into it, and buy the product. 3. Idiot, by definition, means having an IQ below 20. I assure you my IQ is above this, as I am able to type full sentences to you. Peace, GOD.

    • Anonymous

      your life is a joke.

    • GOD

      You by every definition of the word, are a fucking idiot. 1. Isn't Tupac responsible for the whole east coast west coast thing. He was totally bring the black community together you fool. 2. Perhaps the people requesting and buy the music are to blame for the shitty music? You think Usher wakes up after recording Yeah! And decides hey let's make a gay ass Dance song. Or do you think the government rapes him and makes him do it. Think real hard. Dumb shit.

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