Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Jennifer Hudson Gives Teary Testimony During Family Murder Trial


Jennifer hudson(L) ,william balfour(R)

      The trial of the man charged with murdering three of Jennifer Hudson's family members resumed Tuesday with the Oscar-winner shutting her eyes as a police officer described finding her dead family members.
   Hudson sat next to her fiancé as prosecutors shifted their focus to presenting crime scene evidence in the case against her former brother-in-law, William Balfour.
    Prosecutors created a buzz Monday by calling the Oscar winner and "American Idol" finalist as their first witness, but on Tuesday they began getting down to the nitty-gritty of their case.
    With no surviving witnesses to the murders, prosecutors must offer overwhelming circumstantial evidence that Balfour committed the grisly crime on Oct. 24, 2008.
   Jennifer Hudson took the witness stand in sometimes tearful, gut-wrenching testimony. Hudson, who was in Florida at the time of the shootings, spoke of her family and her reaction to her sister, Julia Hudson, telling her in 2006 that she was marrying Balfour.
"None of us wanted her to marry him," the 30-year-old said, her voice cracking as she struggled to hold back tears.
    Later, Julia Hudson described how Balfour repeatedly threatened her and her family after she rejected his pleas in May 2008.
  If convicted of at least two of the murder counts, Balfour would face a mandatory life sentence.

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