It’s getting close to a “case closed” for Jennifer Hudson.
Police have charged William Balfour, the estranged brother-in-law of Hudson, with the murders of Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew, expressing confidence on Tuesday that the evidence was sufficient to convict Balfour, reports Reuters.
“You can never always know how a jury will decide a case but I’m confident the evidence is there and I’m confident we’ll be successful,” Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis said.
Police have both the murder weapon and a testimony that would convict Balfour, 27, the estranged husband of Hudson’s elder sister, Julia.
The motive for the October 24 murders involved a dispute between the two, police said.
The bodies of Hudson‘s mother, Darnell Hudson Donerson, and brother, Jason Hudson, were discovered Oct. 24 at the family’s home on the South Side of Chicago. The body of 7-year-old Julian King was found three days later in a sport utility vehicle on the West Side. All three had been shot.
Balfour was taken into custody the same day the bodies of Donerson and Hudson were discovered and has been the “only person of interest” in the case. Balfour also has apparently refused to take a lie-detector test and stopped cooperating with detectives, according to a police official who was not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
His mother, Michelle Davis-Balfour of Chicago, told reporters outside a police station Monday night that authorities don’t have a case against her son, AP reports.
“If they found gun powder on his hands, you got a case; if they found a gun on him, he had a case; if they found a fingerprint on the truck that he did this, you got a case; but they don’t have nothing,” Davis-Balfour said.
Police have confirmed they found the .45-caliber gun used in the killings. It was discovered Oct. 29 in a vacant lot in the West Side neighborhood where the King’s body was found a few days earlier.
But TMZ.com reports there is no new evidence against Balfour. They were just finally “able to scrape all the dirt on him into one pile, which was enough to make the arrest.” Hope it sticks.