The man accused of killing three members of Grammy and Oscar winning actress Jennifer Hudson’s family was found guilty on all seven counts Friday afternoon.
Chicago Tribune reporter Stacy St. Clair tweeted that Hudson, who has attended court regularly, was in court, wearing a black-and-white shawl, and accompanied by her sister and by her fiance, David Otunga. St. Clair reported thatHudson cried softly after the verdict and slumped against Otunga’s shoulder, then stood on tiptoe to watch the jury walk out of the courtroom.
The verdict came just hours after the panel had told Judge Charles Burns ofCook County Courtthat they were split but would continue deliberating.
William Balfour, 31, was accused of shooting to deathHudson’s mother Darnell Donerson, 57, her brother Jason Hudson, 29, and her nephew Julian King, 7. The only possible sentence for the Oct. 24, 2008 slayings is life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Attorneys for Balfour said they would appeal the verdict.
Balfour’s attorneys proposed an alternate theory: that someone else in the crime-ridden neighborhood onChicago’s South Side targeted the family because of alleged crack-cocaine dealing by Jennifer Hudson’s brother, Jason Hudson. During the 30 minutes in which they called just two witnesses, however, they presented no evidence to support that theory.