CHICAGO — A prosecutor alleged Wednesday that Jennifer Hudson’s brother-in-law killed three of her relatives because he was angry his estranged wife, the singer’s sister, was dating another man.
William Balfour appeared in court for the first time in connection with the deaths and was denied bond. His attorney said authorities have no forensic evidence linking Balfour to the killings, but prosecutors said witnesses and the suspect’s own lies and threats helped lead them to him.
Balfour was charged with murder Tuesday after being held for weeks on a parole violation. The slightly built man, wearing a yellow jump suit, stood quietly Wednesday as prosecutor LuAnn Snow described how he allegedly killed his 7-year-old stepson, Julian King, Hudson’s mother, Darnell Hudson Donerson, and Hudson’s brother, Jason Hudson.
Balfour, Snow said, had shown up to Julia Hudson’s workplace earlier in the month to confront her about dating another man.
“He told her at the time that her family would suffer if she saw other men,” Snow said after Wednesday’s hearing.