Jennifer Hudson ‘Emotional’ and ‘Relieved’ with Ex-Brother-in-Law’s Murder Convictions
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is “relieved” that William Balfour was convicted of killing her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew nephew, a Chicago prosecutor said late Friday.
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez revealed she had spoken to Jennifer Hudson, 30, and her sister, Julia, after the guilty verdicts were handed down in a courtroom.
“They are both very pleased and very appreciative with the cooperation we have provided for them,” Alvarez said during in a media conference.
“They are relieved and we hope the verdict gives some sense of justice.”
Alvarez said Hudson told her that she would not speak to the media about the verdict but would release a statement "at the appropriate time."
The jury, evenly split between men and women, found 31-year-old Balfour guilty of three counts of first-degree murder and one count each of home invasion, aggravated kidnapping, residential burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle in connection with the killings on Oct. 24, 2008.
Prosecutors argued Balfour committed the crimes after visiting the Hudson family home in the Englewood section of Chicago and finding a balloon bouquet given to his former wife by a new boyfriend; they argued that he killed the Hudson relatives in a jealous rage.
Balfour, who faces a mandatory life prison sentence, showed no emotion as the verdict was read.