Amid public speculation about whether or not she’d take the stand, singer and actress Jennifer Hudson testified in the murder trial of her former brother-in-law, William Balfour.

Despite pleading not guilty, police allege Balfour killed Hudson’s mother Darnell Donerson, her brother Jason, and her 7-year-old nephew Julian King. In her emotionally-charged testimony, Hudson tearfully told the court that her family was skeptical of her sister’s relationship with Balfour, who had a history of violence.

“None of us wanted her to marry him.” Hudson told the jury, “We did not like how he treated her.”

Prosecutors claim Balfour became infuriated when his estranged wife, Hudson’s sister, began dating someone else and aimed to kill her. Instead, the D.A. claims, he murdered Hudson’s family.

Hudson has promised to attend court every day of the trail.

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