Jennifer Hudson, Family Murders: Singer Testifies in William Balfour Trial, Breaks Down in Tears

Chicago prosecutors will turn to evidence Tuesday, after calling Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson to the stand on Monday as their first witness during the trial of William Balfour, the man accused of killing her mother, brother and nephew in Oct. 2008. They are expected to introduce evidence in the next few days that includes cellphone records and security-camera footage that place Balfour in the area of the killings, since he denies he was there.

The singer and actress, who wore a subdued black dress and whose hair was wrapped in a bun, at first seemed composed as a prosecutor began asking her question. Hudson broke down when the prosecutor asked her about the last time she saw her family. 

She said her last visit was just days before the slaughter. Public defender Amy Thompson told jurors during her opening statement that DNA found on the gun didn't match Balfour, which "absolutely, positively" excludes him as the killer. But prosecutors claim that Balfour targeted the family in a horrific act of vindictiveness against his ex-wife. "None of us wanted her to marry him," she said, her voice cracking and struggling to hold back tears.

"We did not like how he treated her," she said. Prosecutors then called her sister to the stand and began playing a recording of the 911 call Julia Hudson made after discovering their mother's bloodied body.

On October 24, 2008, Hudson's 57-year-old mother, Darnell Donnerson, and the singer's 29-year-old brother, Jason, were found shot to death inside the Chicago home Donnerson shared with Hudson's elder sister, Julia.

An AMBER Alert was issued for Hudson's 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, after Hudson's sister, Julia, reported him missing

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