Judge Releases Frantic 911 Call in Hudson Murder Trial

And Balfour mistress says he confessed

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 30, 2012 4:05 PM CDT | Updated Apr 30, 2012 4:21 PM CDT

(Newser) – “Somebody killed my mother. Please help me,” said Jennifer Hudson's sister, Julia, in a chilling phone call to emergency services. “My momma. My momma.” Jurors in the triple-murder trial of Hudson's mother, sister, and nephew have already heard the 911 recording, but today the judge made it public. Judge Charles Burns said the rights of the accused, William Balfour, would not be harmed by releasing the tape. You can hear it at the Chicago Sun-Times.

On Friday, Balfour's former mistress testified that he had admitted to two of the murders and told her to lie on his behalf, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. “He say he went in and the brother rushed him, and he shot him, and the mother was coming down the stairs, calling his name, and he shot her," said Shonta Cathey. Jennifer Hudson crumpled forward at one point in the courtroom, sniffling behind a tissue. When she shot a look at Balfour's mother, she snapped, “What the hell is she looking at?”

This courtroom sketch shows Julia Hudson testifying during the first day of William Balfour's murder trial at the Cook County Criminal Court in Chicago, Monday, April 23, 2012.   (AP Photo/Tom Gianni)
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