Holding her composure, Jennifer Hudson took the stand Monday in the case against William Balfour, a man accused of killing her mother, brother and her seven-year-old nephew.
The Englewood native, dressed in black, arrived at the Cook County courtroom wearing no makeup and gave a tearful testimony.
She informed jurors that many of the family members did not trust Balfour from the beginning. Jennifer had begged her sister Julia not to marry him.
“I would tell Julia over and over again not to marry William,” Hudson stated. “We did not like how he treated her and I didn’t like how he treated my nephew.”
The Academy Award-winning actress told jurors that her family was tightly knit. She was so close to her mother, Darnell Donerson, she slept in the same bed with her until she was 16.
The two remained in contact every day and Jennifer had become worried when she hadn’t heard from her on October 24, 2008.
When the bodies were discovered, Hudson identified her mother, saying, “that’s my mommy.”
In the opening statements this morning, prosecutors accused Balfour of fatally shooting the family members as an act of spite against Jennifer’s sister Julia for dating other men during their estranged marriage. Allegedly, Balfour had not been faithful throughout the couple’s marriage.
Neither Jennifer nor Julia were present during the opening statements; a sign that they would be called as witnesses.
Julia Hudson’s testimony is still to come and considered the most crucial puzzle piece needed in order to convict Balfour.