Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | December 2, 2008

Man Charged In Hudson Family Slayings

December 1, 2008


The South Side man long suspected in the October killing of actress Jennifer Hudson’s three family members was charged with murder Monday.

William Balfour, a convicted felon, was arrested Monday afternoon at Stateville Correctional Center, where he was being held on parole violations.

Balfour, 27, has been charged with murder in the shootings of Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson; Hudson’s brother, Jason Hudson; and her 7-year-old nephew, Julian King.

Balfour is the estranged husband of Jennifer Hudson’s sister, Julia, who is Julian’s mother.

Police believe Julia Hudson was in a quarrel with Balfour at the Hudsons’ home in the 7000 block of South Yale in Englewood. Donerson, 57, and Jason Hudson, 29, were shot to death in the home, but Julia was not there. Julian was found dead three days later in an SUV on the West Side.

Donerson’s first cousin, Ruth Nichols, said she and her family have been praying for an arrest, including special prayers over their Thanksgiving meal.

“It’s not going to bring your loved ones back, but if they have the person that did it, it’s some kind of relief,” she said. “I was just hoping they would get whoever did it.”

Nichols said she doesn’t know Balfour and refused to speculate if he was involved. She described the family as still “very upset.”

“I don’t know who did it,” she said. “Everyone has to go to trial. Everyone has to be tried.”

A police source Monday described the case against Balfour as being largely “circumstantial.”

But in late October, police found a .45-caliber pistol in bushes near the place where the SUV was parked. The gun was linked to the murders through ballistics tests, law enforcement sources said.

The gun is believed to have belonged to Jason Hudson. Hudson’s handgun was missing from the South Yale home for several months and authorities suspect Balfour stole it, sources said.

Police took Balfour into custody for questioning after the murders, but he was released without charges. Shortly after that, he was taken into state custody for parole violations and has been held at Stateville prison ever since.

State authorities said the main parole violation stemmed from Balfour’s girlfriend telling authorities that he was carrying a gun that looked like the .45-caliber handgun used in the slayings.

Balfour has been on parole since his release from prison for a 1999 attempted murder conviction. A full hearing on Balfour’s parole was scheduled for Wednesday.


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