CHICAGO – (AP) Jennifer Hudson's brother-in-law pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges he shot to death the Oscar-winning actress's mother and brother and the 7-year-old son of his estranged wife.
William Balfour, 27, entered not guilty pleas to first-degree murder and home invasion charges after nodding to members of his family gathered in the last of three Cook County courtrooms he appeared in Tuesday.
Balfour is married to Jennifer Hudson's sister, Julia Hudson. He is charged in the October deaths of the sisters' mother, Darnell Donerson, their brother, Jason Hudson, and Julia Hudson's 7-year-old son, Julian King.
Prosecutors allege Balfour shot the three in a jealous rage because he was upset Julia Hudson had been dating another man.
Prosecutors first asked that the case be reassigned to another judge, though they did not give a reason. Presiding Judge Paul P. Biebel Jr. then reassigned the case and Balfour entered his plea in the final courtroom.
Defense attorney Joshua Kutnick said he plans to ask at Balfour's next court appearance, set for Jan. 27, that Balfour be moved from a state prison in Joliet to Cook County Jail to make it easier to meet with him.
The bodies of Donerson and Jason Hudson were discovered Oct. 24 at the family's South Side home. King's body was found three days later in an SUV on the city's West Side.
Balfour was arrested shortly after the killings and held in Chicago police custody for 48 hours — the longest a person can be held without charges — before his transfer to state custody on what authorities said was a parole violation. He was charged with murder last month.
A publicist for Jennifer Hudson declined to comment Tuesday. She was a finalist in the 2004 season of "American Idol" and won her Oscar in 2007 for her supporting role in "Dreamgirls."
The 27-year-old singer and actress released her self-titled debut album in the fall but hasn't made public appearances since the killings.
Hudson is expected to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Feb. 1, and she is nominated for four awards at the Feb. 8 Grammy Awards.
IF HE DIDN'T DO, IT SURE AS HELL WAS INVOLVED IN SOME WAY!
doesnt matter what he pleads, he is goin to jail for life
i HOPE THEY FIND ALL THEY EVIDENCE THEY NEED TO LOOK HIM AWAY FOR GOOD
this crazy mofo need to stop!!
I don't think he committed these crimes by himself but he needs to man up and take responsibility.
This maybe a shock but I really don't think he did it. I think he was involved but I don't think that he was the actual ***. I think her sister had something to do with also. Somethin just ain't right about this whole thing!!!! RIP Hudson FAM!!!!
CANT DO IT TODAY.....
this is rediculous!!
aint *** right about this dude being not guilty...
I dont think he committed the crimes by himself either, I do however think that he either had something to do with it or knows who did it
This Nicca disgust me send his backside to jail one time and done.
It's time for all the male loser to
Good Morning Mr. President !!!!!!!!
Just dont let that killer come here!
his *** is going to jail weather he did it or not
I don't think it was possible for him to do this crime alone...others were involved...once it hits the fan everyone will see how monstrous people can b...JHud..keep the faith
THATS SAD JUS SHOWS HOW WEAK A *** *** CAN REALLY BE
GOT MY OWN U RIGHT HE HAD HELP AND THEY *** NEED 2 B ON THE STAND AS WELL
PUT HIS BEHIND UNDER THE JAIL!
He's never coming home...the end of story
THIS STORY IS STILL VERY SAD. HE NEED TO GIVE UP THE GHOST CUZ LYING AINT GONNA WORK. IF HE DIDN'T DO IT HE STILL DON'T LOOK SMART ENOUGH TO PROVE IT, OR TO AFFORD A LAWYER THAT COULD. I COULD BE WRONG, BUT IT'S A *** SHAME ALL THE WAY AROUND.
According to CNN he was indicted on 3 counts of murder... Call me slow, but doesn't that mean he's GUILTY until proven innocence?
It's too early to be thinking!!!!
what ever happened to INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY..give him the benefit of the doubt and stop speculating. if you were in his postion you would want that so CHILLL
Oh well I guess I answered my own question... HAHA!!!
He was obviously proven innocence... thats why he pleads not guilty DUH!!! I told yall it was too early to be thinking...
I'm going back to sleep... this is too much!!! I gave myself a headache =(
Man its over for you. You didn't have to kill them.
this *** need to break the no snitchin code cause umm not a good look at all
He can plead innocent all he wants. We should send him some vaseline. And he's on the *** side too ouch!
Why does it seem they are trying to get this guy off the hook??? SMH
@THE STARS CRITIC,I totally agree with you and I said the same thing!!!!!!!!!
Ion think he did it...I think her sister set him up!
Nothing suprises me anymore..all these senseless killings..
How come they never mention the little boys bio father?
IF HE DIDNT DO IT WHO IN THE *** DID THEN! MAN WHATEVER HE KNOW HE DID IT!
spellcheck "the" "lock"
Guarantee this case fails. The prosecutors have no hard evidence, and with the case being all *** this man is going to walk. I think the DA rushed to charge him because they of the publicity and the public outcry to find out who did this, instead of doing REAL work and finding ALL who were involved. Mark my words he is going to be found NOT GUILTY due to lack of evidence.
I have not an ounce of compassion for his ugly azz.
HOW WE KNOW HE REALLY DID THO???? THE WHOLE STORY WAS TWISTED UP
One of his friends was involve to, but how come he cant confess it?
I'm not to sure this man commit the offence... or at least he did not commit all three murders alone.
However it was very easy to pin it on him because of his previous convictions e.t.c. I think there was some kind of rush to close this case because it was watched by the public so much... shame.
HE KNO HE DID THAT SH*T!
By the court of the law he has every right to his plea, however he might as well spoke the truth because it will shed light during the proceedings. He will get 3 counts of murder which with his background, should send him to prison for life. He should not be able to see the daylight ever!!!!
HE ON SUM OTHA ***
I agree with The Stars_Critic..
I don't think he did that...He's a scapegoat becoz of his past...If he knows who did it,he ither tell or do the time!..Simple as that!
THAT WAS A TRAGEDY. I PRAY THE TRUTH IS REVEALED.
The_Stars_Critic - I cosign!!! Those have been my thoughts since day one.
He was a convenient person to pin these murders on. Look at how long they held him with no charges. Then you transfer him to state, b/c of other charges. Some practices are saved for those who can't afford a lawyer and it's BS.
Julia's timeline still makes no sense. NONE. If William was *** b/c she was seeing another man, why not kill her? I won't even begin with how the brother, baby daddy, and the accused all made their money.
Whats he doing, buying a little time b4 he's go to jail. Must b
please go to jail already
WOW* This is Interesting..........Just Not News.. R.KELLY SAID NOT GUILTY O.J PLEAD NOT GUILTY MICHEAL JAC WELL YA'LL GET THE POINT..
I still get saddened by this story when I think about it...such a horrible tragedy!
I hope Jennifer and her other family members are doing better...
whateva he kno he had sumin 2 do wit it
*** ***. HE DONE SOMETHING. WHOS CHILD WAS HE WATCHIN WHEN HE CALD AND SD HE COULDNT MAKE IT TO THAT PROBATION OFFICER??? HE MAY NOT HAVE KILLED THAT CHILD, BUT I BET HE TOOK HIM OUTTA THAT HOUSE THAT DAY. IF WHO OVER WAS GONNA KILL HIM THEN THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE EM ALL AT ONCE. WHO EVER THA LIL BOY WAS LEFT WITH LAST PROB KILLED HIM BCUS THEY KNEW HIS FUNKY AZZ WAS IN TROUBLE. IT DOESNT MATTER. IN THE END SOMEBODY WILL PAY FOR IT. EITHER NOW OF AFTER LIFE. EITHER WAY NONE OF THEM DESERVED TO DIE THE WAY THAT THEY DID NO MATTER THEIR PAST..ESP THAT LITTLE BOY. I JUST PLAIN OUT DONT LIKE THE WAY THIS *** LOOKS LIKE. OH PS HE DID ADMIT TO BEIN AT THAT HOUSE THAT A.M.
I GOT THE ROPE RIGHT HERE LETS JUST HANG THIS PORCH MONKEY AINT NOBODY GON CARE AND IF HIS MAMA SAY ANYTHING WE CAN HANG HER TO SHE PROBABLY LET HIM THINK ITS OKAY TO BE VIOLENT
WILD HEAD WILLIE DONE BRAIDED DAT HAIR HUH? NUGGA YOUR GUILTY!
from what i know of the case,i'd say he had some involvement. he didn't act alone though. if he did in fact commit these senseless murders,then i'd say he had an accomplice.
LOCK HIM OR WHOEVER UP FOR GOOD ALREADY...
IT LOOKS LIKE THIS AZZHOLE WILL WALK!!! THEY REALLY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TO HOLD HIM. CHICAGO DID A RUSH JOB TO CONVICT HIM.JULIA AND JENN JUST MADE THIS BOY A MILLIONAIRE. IF HE GETS OFF HE'S SUING JEN AND GETTING A BOOK DEAL, OFF OF HER NAME .HIS MOTHER LET IT BE KNOWN SHE IS SUEING. THIS IS SO, *** UP!!! IF HE GET OFF HE CAN'T BE TRIED AGAIN FOR THESE MURDERS.HE KNOWS HE'S GUILTY, WITH HIS GANG BANGING AZZ FRIENDS.THIS IS SO SAD. THIS MEANS HER FAMILY WILL NEVER HAVE CLOSURE OR REST IN PEACE. JULIA NEEDS TO TELL THE TRUTH AND TELL EVERYTHING HER GHETTO AZZ KNOW!!!!
I think he's innocent....everything about this case is fishy and I think he's the perfect scapegoat. No offense to Jennifer...love her to death..but naw...this is more than personal...there some bureaucracy to this.
I do not believe he did it. They had him in custody all that time, and they never said he did it.
Chicago politics is dirty dirty, I know b/c I used to live there, and I believe they targeted this man and decided to pin it on him from jump instead of doing a FULL INVESTIGATION to rule out anyone else. You have to rule out and gather evidence.
Something smells fishy about this whole thing.
And I do not want to believe that he murdered his child in cold blood like that.
IDK if he is guilty or not, but MTO, please stop putting pics of him up...they're frightful.
People who are innocent usually do plead not guilty, duh!
Im going to need FRED to understand this, FRED...
PLEADIN INNOCENT does NOT, I REPEAT does NOT mean you are found NOT GUILTY! Y'all are some special azz *** ain't you. Even TMZ is smarter than that and while you spam me out I said TEE-Em-Zee! Thanks! LOL
*80% of Defense Atty's Lose their case, and please don't ask me how I know like I'm dumb I work at the Philadelphia Dist. Atty Office IN the *** unit...I know. I was told this myself BY a Defense attorney
Hell....even OJ pleaded innocent. We ALL knew he was guilty! Black folks will never step into a court room and say "Your Honor, I did it! Can we please hurry up and find me guilty so that I can begin to let those rough *** in prison pound me please"?
Also, he looks like a broke azz version of Randy Moss
I still believe there were others involved in this and I still believe Julia knows much more than she is telling.
Every criminal pleads "not guilty" when they go before the judge for the first time.