Jennifer Hudson Update – 10/29/08

Update: Update as of 4:35 p.m.: Police recovered a gun today in an alley near where Jennifer Hudson nephew was found shot to death inside a sport-utility vehicle on the West Side. It was not immediately known whether the gun was used in the killings of Hudson mother, brother and nephew. Earlier today, police sent about 100 personnel to the area near 13th Street and Kolin Avenue to search for evidence. The handgun was found in an alleyway about a block from where the vehicle was parked along the street.

Here’s the latest on the Hudson case, for those of you who are still following it. The police say there is evidence that the murderer did not act alone. William Balfour could have gone to jail in June on a parole violation–he was caught with a gram of cocaine, but officials decided not to terminate his parole. WTF??? Julian Hudson’s autopsy report came back, and his death was officially ruled a homicide. William Balfour’s mother still insists he was not involved. Extra reports that Jennifer is in hiding and surrounding herself with security guards.

Read the headlines below. If anything significant happens today, I’ll update this post. So far, no one has been charged in the murders.

More Headlines after the Jump…

Latest in Jennifer Hudson family case: Police say murderer may have had help

Although Chicago police have only one known suspect in the slayings of three relatives of actress Jennifer Hudson, some evidence suggests that more than one person may have been involved, law-enforcement sources said today.

Investigators have focused on suspect William Balfour’s movements on Friday, the day of the murders, as well as his conflicts with his estranged wife, Julia Hudson, and other members of the family. They are trying to determine whether another person drove Balfour to the West Side after the killings at the Hudsons’ South Side home, sources said.

Witnesses said Balfour drove his teal Chrysler to the Hudsons’ block Friday, arriving about 7 a.m. But later the vehicle was discovered by police parked about a mile away outside Robeson High School. Balfour’s girlfriend told police that he was at her West Side home not long after the slayings of Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, and the Oscar-winning actress’ brother, Jason, at their Englewood home, sources said.

Chicago Tribune

Violation may snag suspect in Hudson case

Did the suspect in the killings of actress Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew fail to meet his anger-management requirements stemming from a decade-old felony conviction?

A Nov. 10 hearing at Stateville prison will decide if there’s probable cause to violate William Balfour’s parole for a 1999 attempted murder and vehicular hijacking conviction. He’s not charged in the killings, but police have named him as a suspect. He’ll remain in prison until his parole hearing.

Sun Times

Autopsy: Hudson nephew shot multiple times

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) — Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson’s 7-year-old nephew — one of three Hudson relatives found slain in Chicago since Friday — died of multiple gunshot wounds, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said Tuesday.

But the office, which performed an autopsy on Julian King’s body Tuesday, didn’t answer questions about when the child died and where his wounds were.

Julian was found shot to death in an abandoned Chevrolet Suburban on Chicago’s West Side on Monday. Police had begun a massive search for him on Friday, the day Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, and brother, Jason Hudson, were found shot to death in their South Side Chicago home.


Hudson in Hiding

After losing her mother, brother and nephew this past weekend, actress/singer Jennifer Hudson may be worried about her own safety.

“Extra” received chilling new details on how Hudson in hiding and surrounding herself with security guards — according to blogger Liz Crokin. “I can’t disclose where Jennifer is staying — I can just tell you it’s a hotel, ” said Liz. “She has bodyguards… and the hotel she’s staying at has a great security team. She left to go to the medical examiner’s office Sunday night.”

Extra TV

Mother: My son not involved in Hudson killings

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) — The mother of a “person of interest” in the slayings three of Jennifer Hudson’s family members insisted Monday night on CNN that her son was not involved in the crime.

“No means did my son do this, ” Michele Davis-Balfour said on CNN’s “Nancy Grace.”

She said that her son, William Balfour, 27, was with a girlfriend Friday when the bodies of Jason Hudson and Darnell Donerson, Hudson’s brother and mother, were discovered shot to death in their South Side Chicago home.

“My son’s alibi was [he was] with one of his girlfriends, OK?” Davis-Balfour said. When Grace asked which girlfriend he was with Friday, the mother said her son was with a woman named Diana on Friday night, and with a woman named Kate on Saturday morning.


A mountain of grief at Hudson home

Shalance Burnett doesn’t know actress Jennifer Hudson, her sister Julia or their three slain relatives.

But that didn’t stop the South Side dialysis technician from visiting the Hudson home on a chilly Tuesday afternoon to pay her respects.

Burnett and her son Maurice, 5, spent only a few minutes outside the Englewood house, long enough to whisper a quick prayer and place a new teddy bear on a massive pile of stuffed animals along the sidewalk. Though she mourns all three, the gesture was meant as a tribute to the actress’ 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, whose body was found Monday on the West Side.

“I was heartbroken when I heard the news, ” she said. “I came out here because I felt like I had to do something.”

Chicago Tribune

Jennifer Hudson Gets Support From Ashanti, Nelly, ‘Sex And The City’ Co-Star Mario Canton

The condolences keep pouring in for Jennifer Hudson, who lost not one, but three family members over the weekend in a triple-homicide: her mother, brother and nephew, who was found dead late Monday.

“It’s insane, ” Ashanti told MTV News on Monday night. “I can’t even express it, the pain that she must be going through. I can’t imagine going through that. I just pray that she’s strong and she takes the time to heal herself. My prayers go out to her and her family. God bless.”

Since everyone grieves in their own way, Nelly told MTV News there’s no real right or wrong thing to say to someone when you’re trying to console them ‘  just saying something, period, is what matters. “It’s a rough thing to talk about, ” he said. “It’s like, what do you say? You really don’t know what to say to a person when you talk about death or losing a loved one.”


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