Jennifer Hudson Family Murder Trial Concludes Testimony
A Chicago jury today heard the last testimony in William Balfour's first degree murder trial, without the accused killer of Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew testifying in his own defense.
"He's determined he does not want to testify," defense attorney Amy Thompson informed the judge, as reported by E! News. Balfour was still married to the "American Idol" runner-up and 2007 "Dreamgirls" Oscar-winner's sister Julia when he allegedly shot and killed Julia's mother Darnell Donerson, brother Jason, and son (by another man, not Balfour) Julian in October 2008. Darnell and Jason were found shot to death in Julia home on Oct. 24. Julian was found dead three days later in Balfour's SUV.
Closing arguments will begin Wednesday morning, followed by the jury's deliberation. Following evidence that included Jennifer's trial-opening testimony and a playing of Julia's 911 call as she discovered a bullet hole in her door and her mother and brother shot and bleeding, today's concluding testimony included words from two responding Chicago police officers.
"[Donerson's] on the floor and I see blood coming from her head . . . I just came home from work and there's a bullet hole in our front door . . . she's 57 years old," Julia told a 911 operator on the Oct. 21 recording. Please help my mama. Please just send an ambulance."
Jennifer reportedly attended the trial's proceedings every day, though she wasn't in the courtroom during opening statements and reportedly excused herself when crime scene pictures were presented as evidence to the jury. During her testimony, Jennifer described both the Hudson family's dislike of Balfour during his marriage to her sister, and seeing her three family members for the last time the Sunday before their deaths.