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A verdict in the Jennifer Hudson family murder trial

Today a Chicago jury came back with a verdict in the murder trial involving the shooting deaths of three members of entertainer Jennifer Hudson’s family: her mother 57-year-old Darnell Donerson, brother 29-year-old Jason Hudson, and 7-year-old nephew, Julian King. The jury convicted the brother-in-law of the Oscar-winning actress on all counts. Thirty-one-year-old William Balfour faces a mandatory life in prison term. The prosecution argued the motive for the killings, back in October of 2008, was jealousy after Jennifer’s sister Julia dumped Balfour and was seeking a divorce.... Read More →

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Jennifer Hudson wins big at the 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards

Academy Award winning actress/singer Jennifer Hudson has to find a place to display some more trophies today. Last night, Hudson won the outstanding new artist, best album for “Jennifer Hudson,” and shared the win with Fantasia for outstanding duo, group collaboration for “I’m His Only Woman” at the 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards. Also, Hudson stars in the 2008 drama, “The Secret Life of Bees,” which took the best motion picture honor at the Image Awards ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Last Sunday, Hudson picked up her first... Read More →

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Singer Jennifer Hudson to perform publicly for first time since family tragedy

Academy Award winning actress/singer Jennifer Hudson will step back into the public eye in a big way tomorrow when she sings “The Star Spangled Banner” to kick off the Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida. Hudson’s performance of the national anthem at Sunday’s match-up between the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers will be her first since the murders of her mother, brother, and 7-year-old nephew last October.  Hudson’s ex-brother-in-law, William Balfour, entered not guilty pleas to first degree murder and home invasion charges earlier this week, in connection with the... Read More →

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Suspect denied bail in the Jennifer Hudson family murder case

The estranged brother-in-law of singer/actress Jennifer Hudson is being held without bail today after a hearing in Chicago where prosecutors laid out some of the evidence in the case. 27-year-old William Balfour, an ex-con and husband of Hudson’s sister Julia, is facing three counts of first degree murder. Prosecutor LuAnn Snow says Balfour shot to death Hudson’s mother, 57-year-old Darnell Donerson, brother 29-year-old Jason Hudson, and her 7-year-old nephew Julian King in a jealous rage in October. Balfour allegedly thought his wife was seeing another man. Authorities say gunshot... Read More →

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An arrest in the murder case of Jennifer Hudson’s three relatives

Chicago police this afternoon announced the arrest of a suspect in the brutal homicides of actress’ Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother, and young nephew. William Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson’s sister, was handed over to detectives by prison officials today. The bodies of Hudson’s mother, Darnell Hudson Donerson and brother, Jason Hudson, were discovered in their South Side Chicago home about a month ago, on October 24. An intense search followed for the missing 7-year-old nephew. Three days later, young Julian King’s body was found in an SUV on Chicago’s West Side. All three victims... Read More →

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A memorial service today for Jennifer Hudson’s murdered relatives

The public will be able to pay its respects to the grieving family of actress Jennifer Hudson today at a Chicago church. The Chicago Tribune reports the service will be from 4-to-7 p.m. at the Pleasant Gift Memorial Baptist Church. Also, a private funeral for 57-year-old Darnell Donerson, 29-year-old Jason Hudson, and 7-year-old Julian King is set for tomorrow. Meanwhile, police believe they have recovered a murder weapon from some bushes near the scene of an abandoned Chevy Suburban. Last Monday, October 27, the body of Jennifer’s nephew was discovered in that SUV... Read More →

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Jennifer Hudson’s nephew found dead

More tragic news today for actress Jennifer Hudson and her family. The body of a young boy was discovered inside a white SUV with a license plate matching a vehicle that belonged to the actress’ brother, Jason Hudson. A neighbor on the West Side of Chicago spotted the abandoned Chevy Suburban this morning; authorities were called, the body removed,  and the vehicle impounded. On Friday, the bodies of Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, and brother, Jason, were found in the family home on the South Side of Chicago. Both victims had... Read More →

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A reward offered for the return of Jennifer Hudson’s missing nephew

The FBI is now involved in the intensive search for entertainer Jennifer Hudson’s 7-year-old nephew, Julian King. The child disappeared from a South Side Chicago home on Friday, where the bodies of Hudson’s mother, 57-year-old Darnell Donerson and brother, Jason Hudson, were found. Autopsies yesterday revealed both victims died from multiple gunshot wounds. Today, Hudson posted a notice on her MySpace page asking for the public’s help in finding her nephew. The actress and her family are offering a $100,000 for the safe return of the child, according to her... Read More →

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Entertainer’s nephew is missing and two relatives are murdered

There is an intense search underway today for 7-year-old Julian King, the nephew of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson. King disappeared from a South Side Chicago home where two adults were murdered yesterday. An active Amber Alert is spreading the word about the missing boy; who is 4 feet 11 and weighs 130 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.  Inside the Chicago home authorities made a grim discovery; the bodies of two of Hudson’s relatives.The actress’ mother, 57-year-old Darnell Donerson and her brother, 29-year-old Jason Hudson, both had been shot to... Read More →

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