Singer's former brother-in-law convicted on three accounts of first-degree murder
William Balfour has been found guilty of murdering three members of singer Jennifer Hudson‘s family, according to reports.
BBC News says that Balfour, who is Hudson’s former brother-in-law, was sentenced to life imprisonment after a Chicago jury convicted him of the first-degree murders of the Oscar winning-actresses’ mother, brother and nephew.
Balfour, who was also found guilty of home invasion and residential burglary in addition to the murders of Darnell Donerson, Jason Hudson and seven-year-old Julian King, will now face a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment.
During the trial, it was argued that he shot the three victims in a jealous rage, with prosecutors alleging that he acted out of spite after his estranged wife said she wanted to divorce him.
Hudson, who gave evidence in the trial last month (April 24) and had been reportedly “choking back tears” when she gave her testimony, released a joint statement with her sister after the verdict was given. “We have all suffered terrible loss in this tragedy,” they said, before adding: “It is our prayer that the Lord will forgive Mr Balfour of these heinous acts and bring his heart into repentance someday.”
However, Balfour’s attorney Cook County Public Defender Amy Thompson said that they would appeal the decision. “We are disappointed in the verdict, but we do appreciate all of the hard work the jury did in this case,” she said. “We’re hoping that the appellate court will take a look at this case with a very critical eye.”