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Guilty Verdicts in Slayings of Jennifer Hudson's Family

William Balfour convicted of three murders

(Newser) - The man accused of killing Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother, and young nephew has been found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder, reports AP . William Balfour shot to death Darnell Donerson, 57, Jason Hudson, 29, and Julian King, 7, in what prosecutors say was a jealous rage in 2008.... More »

Jennifer Hudson Didn't Want Sister to Marry Alleged Killer

New details surface in murders of singer's family

(Newser) - Jennifer Hudson didn't approve of the relationship between her sister Julia and William Balfour, the man accused of killing Hudson's mother, brother, and nephew in 2008, according to newly filed court documents. Hudson grew up near Balfour and the two attended the same elementary school. She told detectives... More »

Still Mourning, Hudson Gives Ad Go-Ahead

Singer shot photos before the slayings

(Newser) - The timing isn't the best, but Jennifer Hudson has given her blessing to the inclusion of her photo in a new Gap ad, E! Online reports. The holiday ad campaign, conceived and photographed before the murders of her mother, brother, and 7-year-old nephew, features the Academy Award-winner looking cheery in... More »

Test Confirms Hudson Murder Weapon

Handgun was reported stolen by owner in Michigan

(Newser) - Police have confirmed that a gun found in a vacant lot was used to kill Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Investigators are now working to tie the .45 caliber handgun and other evidence to suspect William Balfour and to trace how the gun, reported stolen... More »

Hudson Launches Victims' Fund

Creates foundation in honor of slain family

(Newser) - Singer Jennifer Hudson, whose mother, brother and nephew were brutally murdered last weekend, has set up a foundation in honor of her three slain family members. The Hudson-King foundation will offer food, shelter, and clothing, as well as counseling for families who have lost relatives to a violent crime, People... More »

Cops Find Gun Linked to Hudson Murders

Discovery could be major break in case

(Newser) - A .45 caliber handgun, which could be the murder weapon used to kill Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew, has been found by police, reports the Chicago Tribune. The gun was discovered in an alley close to the spot where the body of 7-year-old Julian King was discovered in the... More »

Cops: Hudson Slay Suspect Had Help

Car movements indicate involvement of other drivers

(Newser) - If William Balfour killed Jennifer Hudson’s family as police suspect, he probably had help, law-enforcement sources tell the Chicago Tribune. Witnesses place Balfour on the Hudsons’ block at 7am, driving his teal Chrysler. But the car later turned up a mile away at Robeson High School. Security cameras show... More »

Family Clash May Have Spurred Hudson Killings

Jen's clan had kicked out sister's estranged husband

(Newser) - The estranged husband of Julia Hudson, Jennifer’s sister, is the top suspect in the murder of their three relatives—and police say disputes between the couple may have motivated the crimes, the Chicago Tribune reports. The Hudsons’ mother had thrown William Balfour, 27, out of her house in the... More »

Hudson IDs Nephew: 'Yes, That's Him'

Singer returns to morgue days after losing mother, brother

(Newser) - Jennifer Hudson again found herself tasked with the unthinkable in Chicago's morgue yesterday, looking up at a video screen depicting the body of her 7-year-old nephew Julian King in the next room, the Chicago Tribune reports. "Yes, that's him," the actress said of the missing boy cops found... More »

Hudson's Nephew Dead, Cops Confirm

7-year-old was shot multiple times; suspect caught in lie

(Newser) - The body of a boy found in an SUV today is that of Julian King, police tell the Chicago Tribune. Jennifer Hudson's 7-year-old nephew was shot multiple times, probably inside the vehicle, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Police are still holding King's stepfather, William Balfour, who is considered the prime suspect... More »

Police Believe Body Belongs to Hudson Nephew

No positive identification yet of child found in SUV in Chicago

(Newser) - Police think they’ve found the body of Jennifer Hudson’s nephew, Julian King, CNN reports, after Chicago authorities responded to “a call about a suspicious auto.” Though the body they found within has yet to be formally identified, the plates on the car match those in King’... More »

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