Man convicted of killing Jennifer Hudson's family members seeks new trial

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 9:00am

Attorneys for William Balfour will argue Tuesday about why the man convicted of killing three of Jennifer Hudson's family members should receive a new trial, court officials said.

If the request for a new trial is denied, Balfour is expected to be sentenced Tuesday to life without parole for the killings of Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson; her brother, Jason Hudson; and Hudson's nephew, 7-year-old Julian King.

In May, a jury found Balfour guilty on three counts of first-degree murder and four other counts related to the 2008 slayings.

Balfour was accused of fatally shooting the singer's mother and brother in their Chicago home in October 2008. The body of the nephew was found three days later in an abandoned vehicle.

Prosecutors portrayed Balfour as a jealous man who murdered the three in a rage at the thought that his wife had a boyfriend.

During the trial, Hudson was called as the prosecution's first of more than 80 witnesses. She broke down in tears several times on the stand and talked about her family.

"None of us wanted her to marry him," Hudson said of her sister's choice of Balfour. "We did not like how he treated her.

"Where he was, I tried not to be," she said.

The crimes took place a year after Hudson, who rose to fame as a contestant on "American Idol," won an Oscar for her role in the movie "Dreamgirls."

Hudson spoke about her mother in an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan this year.

"My mother was a very wise and strong person. I feel like she raised us well, and she prepared me well, and so that's what I live by," she said.
 

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