Jennifer Hudson is no stranger to being in the spotlight and she may take center stage in the trial of the man accused of killing her family.
The trial of William Balfour begins April 9, and although it is yet to be determined whether Jennifer will take the stand, she is named on the witness list for the prosecution.
Although Jennifer wasn’t in Chicago when her mother, brother and nephew were slain, she apparently has some information that may be useful, since she grew up with William and witnessed some of his questionable behavior leading up to the killings, according to the Chicago Tribune.
In the days following the slayings, Jennifer told police about William’s secret marriage to her sister, Julia. It wasn’t until months after they’d exchanged vows that Jennifer and the rest of her family learned about the nuptials.
Jennifer reportedly told the police that she and her family weren’t pleased about the marriage because William, who’d previously spent some time in jail, didn’t treat Julia well. It’s even alleged that he visited her place of work and threatened to kill her once when he believed she was having an affair. It’s also rumored that he threatened one of Julia’s ex-boyfriends.
In addition to the threats, members of Jennifer’s family believed that William stole her brother’s .45-caliber handgun, the same type of weapon that was found near the site where Jennifer’s nephew was found. Police reports indicate that the retrieved gun has been connected to three killings.
It’s unclear whether Julia, who told police that William threatened her more than a dozen times, will testify. As William’s wife, she cannot be compelled to speak against him in court.
—Tracy L. Scott
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