Jennifer Hudson Murder Trial: Verdict Has Been Reached

ALT A verdict has been reached in the trial surrounding the murder of American Idol star Jennifer Hudson’s mother and brother: the defendant, William Balfour, has been found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder.

The tragic events took place on Oct. 24, 2008. Hudson’s mother Darnell Donnerson, then 57, and brother Jason Hudson, then 29, were both shot and killed in Donnerson’s Chicago, Ill. home. On that same day, Hudson’s sister, Julia, who lived with their mother, reported that her 7-year-old son Julian King had gone missing. On Oct. 27, Julian’s body was discovered and identified after having been killed from multiple gunshot wounds.

On Oct. 24, Julia’s ex-husband William Balfour, was arrested as a suspect of the murders, but not charged. On Dec. 1, Balfour was advanced to prime suspect and taken into police custody. Balfour was charged with three counts of first degree murder, and one count of home invasion. On Jan. 27, 2009, Balfour pleaded “not guilty.” The trial began on Apr. 23, 2012.

Balfour was also found guilty of aggravated kidnapping, home invasion, residential burglary, and possession of a stolen vehicle. He could face life in prison if convicted on all counts.

[Photo Credit: David Edwards/Daily Celeb]


Inside Jennifer Hudson’s Heartbreaking Murder Trial Testimony

Jennifer Hudson Honors Whitney Houston at the 2012 Grammy Awards

Jennifer Hudson Is More Proud of Her Weight Loss Than Her Oscar

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.