After nearly three days of deliberation, a Chicago jury found William Balfour, former brother-in-law of Jennifer Hudson, guilty of First Degree murder stemming from the slayings of the singer’s mother, brother, and nephew.
Hudson took the witness stand in the trial, testifying that her family warned her sister Julia against marrying Balfour.
“I would tell her over and over again not to marry William,” Hudson told the court during her emotional testimony.
Hudson’s sister married Balfour anyway, but after the couple split up and Julia began seeing someone else, Hudson’s family claims Balfour became enraged.
During the trial, the defense argued that the case against Balfour was circumstantial and pointed out his DNA and fingerprints were not found at the scene. Defense attorneys also alleged that Hudson’s brother was a drug dealer and that his shady ties were to blame for the family’s death.
Still, after much debate that nearly left them deadlocked, the jury returned a guilty verdict and Balfour faces life in prison.