By Lynette Holloway
For years it has been alleged that William Balfour shot and killed
three members of Jennifer Hudson's family in a vengeful rage after her
sister, Julia, rebuffed his advances to reconcile their marriage.
So when his trial began on April 23, it came as no surprise when
prosecutors mapped out their case against him. They alleged that he used
a stolen 45-caliber Sig Sauer automatic weapon to gun down the star's
mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, and brother, Jason Hudson, 29, in their
nine-bedroom home on Chicago's South Side. He then stole the keys to
Jason's white SUV and took her nephew, Julian King, 7, who was found
dead days later.
But what did come as a surprise was the lack of physical evidence
linking Balfour to the crimes. During a dramatic opening argument, Cook
County Assistant Public Defender Amy Thompson stated that Balfour's DNA
was not found on the gun or inside the white SUV where Julian's body was
found. "He was excluded from the SUV DNA test," she said.
She said that the only reason Balfour is on trial is that the Chicago
Police Department worked quickly to apprehend a suspect. They knew the
case would garner a lot of media attention because of Jennifer Hudson's
celebrity status, she said.
"They had to find their man, and they had to find him quickly," she told the racially diverse jury.
But they got the wrong man in their haste, she said. She told jurors
that they would find Balfour innocent. He has pleaded not guilty to
three counts of first-degree murder in the October 2008 killings.
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