Murder Gun Linked to Hudson's Brother
Dead brother reported gun stolen months ago
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 2, 2008 9:08 AM CST
William Balfour. Balfour, suspected in the slayings of the mother, brother and nephew of actress and singer Jennifer Hudson, avoided being sent to prison four months before the killings.   (AP Photo/Illinois Department of Corrections)
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(Newser) – Chicago police are investigating the possibility that the gun used to kill Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother, and nephew may have belonged to her murdered sibling, who reported the weapon stolen just months ago. The chrome and black .45-caliber Sig Sauer semiautomatic pistol, found near the body of Hudson's 7-year-old nephew, is identical to the one Jason Hudson reported stolen, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Police have characterized the slayings as possible domestic violence, but have not ruled out other motives. William Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson's sister Julia, is being held but has not yet been charged. Hudson's murdered brother was shot in the leg several months ago but refused to seek medical attention.