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Jennifer Hudson's Brother-In-Law Sentenced To Life In Prison For Family Murders

Jul 24, 2012 02:20 PM

hudson-trial-news-230.jpgJennifer Hudson's brother-in-law, William Balfour was sentenced to life in prison by an Illinois judge today.

Back in May Balfour was found guilty on three counts of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Hudson's mother Darnell, her brother Jason and her nephew Julian. Balfour is the estranged husband of the Oscar winner's sister Julia.

"Cook County Circuit Judge Charles Burns has given Balfour three life sentences as well as 120 years for other charges (including home invasion, residential burglary, aggravated kidnapping and possession of a stolen vehicle)," reads the court statement.

During the trial in April, Hudson, testified that she warned Julia about marrying Balfour, telling the courtroom, "I told her over and over again to not marry him. We did not like how he treated her."

Report: Jennifer Hudson's Wedding Is Back On!

Jun 28, 2012 09:45 AM

nyc Jennifer Hudson good morning america gma singer american ido It's nice to see her with a smile on her face again!

Jennifer Hudson stopped by Good Morning America on Wednesday, and the singer wore a navy blue blouse adorned with stars and black skinny jeans, which showed off her ever shrinking waistline. The Weight Watchers spokeswoman is a shadow of her former self! Is she shedding for the wedding?!

Reports surfaced recently that the American Idol alum had called off her nearly four-year engagement to pro wrestler David Otunga after struggling with the stress of her family murder trial, but sources told Radar Online the nuptials are back on after the Oscar winner realized she had made a mistake.

"[Hudson] realized that [Otunga] was her rock and that she wanted to spend her life with him," an insider revealed.

J-Hud is rocking a diamond on her engagement finger, so we guess this officially kicks off our wedding watch!

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BREAKING NEWS - William Balfour Found Guilty In Jennifer Hudson Family Murder Trial

May 11, 2012 03:30 PM

Screen-shot-2012-05-11-at-3.jpg William Balfour has been found guilty in the Jennifer Hudson family murder trial.

The verdict was reached just moments ago, and the Dream Girls star was in the courtroom for the sentencing.

Balfour murdered Hudson's mother, brother, and nephew in 2008 after he suspected Hudson's sister Julia had been cheating on him.

In addition to first degree murder, Balfour was also charged with home invasion, aggravated kidnapping, residential burglary and possession of a stolen motor vehicle and was sentenced to life in prison. Jurors reached their decision after three days of deliberations.

Balfour originally plead not guilty.

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Jennifer Hudson Exits Courtroom Early To Avoid Bloody Family Photos

Apr 25, 2012 11:40 AM

hudson112011_06_230.jpgJennifer Hudson stepped out of a Chicago courtroom early on Wednesday after another witness displayed gruesome photos of one of her murdered family members.

The Grammy winning singer exited when a retired chief medical examiner identified pictures showing the gunshot wounds to the head of Julian King, Hudson's 7-year-old nephew. David Ortuga, Hudson's fiance, stayed behind to take extensive notes when the singer fled.

Her sister Julia Hudson left as well, repeating events that occurred a day prior when both ladies excused themselves when photos of their mother Darnell Donerson, 57, and brother Jason King, 29 were displayed to jurors on Tuesday.

After the testimony, Jennifer and Julia returned to the courtroom for the remainder of the day.

Jennifer Hudson Could Testify At William Balfour Trial

Apr 9, 2012 11:01 AM

jhudson020812_02_230.jpgJennifer Hudson is on her way to seek justice more than three years since the death of her mother, brother and nephew.

On Monday, jury selection began in the trial of William Balfour, the man accused of murdering Darnell Donerson, Jason Hudson and 7-year-old Julian King. The Grammy winning singer, who is on the witness list, is expected to attend regularly starting April 23.

Balfour, who was the estranged husband of Hudson's sister Julia, is accused of fatally shooting Hudson's mother and brother inside their Chicago home in 2008, while the body of Hudson's nephew was discovered three days later in an abandoned vehicle.

Balfour, who was also Julian's stepfather, has denied the charges and pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he could face a maximum life sentence.

Jennifer Hudson And Chaka Khan To Honor Whitney Houston At 54th Annual Grammy Awards

Feb 12, 2012 08:45 AM


Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Khan will sing a tribute to Whitney Houston at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.

The "I Will Always Love You" singer was found dead Saturday in her Beverly Hills hotel room at the age of 48.

Although it hasn't been revealed which song Hudson and Khan will be performing, Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich said the following:

    "It's too fresh in everyone's memory to do more at this time, but we would be remiss if we didn't recognize Whitney's remarkable contribution to music fans in general, and in particular her close ties with the Grammy telecast and her Grammy wins and nominations over the years."

Shortly after learning of Houston's death, Khan Tweeted, "I'm speechless ... I'm in shock right now. Just pray for her and the family."

Neil Portnow, Recording Academy President and CEO, released the following statement:

    Six-time GRAMMY winner Whitney Houston was one of the world's greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades. Her powerful voice graced many memorable and award-winning songs. A light has been dimmed in our music community today, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, fans and all who have been touched by her beautiful voice."

The Grammy Awards, with the Whitney Houston tribute, airs tonight on CBS.

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Jennifer Hudson Passed On Starring Role In Precious Because She Didn't Want To Gain Weight

Dec 27, 2011 10:35 AM

jennifer-hudson-passed-on-precious.jpgJennifer Hudson has revealed that she passed on the starring role in Precious because she didn't want to pack on the pounds!

In her new book, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, the 30-year-old singer/actress explains why she turned down the chance to play a character that might have earned her yet another Academy Award.

"I had [gained weight] with Effie [in Dreamgirls]," she writes (via Uptown Magazine, who snagged an excerpt from her novel). "And as much as I was moved by this film, I wanted to try a role that had nothing whatsoever to do with my weight." Adding that she didn't want to be pigeon-holed as the “big girl," Hudson's decision to pass on the role opened the doors for relatively unknown actress Gabourey Sidibe to take over, earning her an Oscar nod in 2009.

Over the years Hudson has dropped 80 pounds with the help of Weight Watchers, and she continues to serve as a spokeswoman for the company.

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Jennifer Hudson Nabs Chicago Mansion For $2.7 Million

Dec 2, 2011 12:15 PM


And she got it for 1/2 the price!

American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson has just splashed out $2,795,000 for a 6 bed/7 bath mansion in the Chicago suburb of Burr Ridge -- a sweet bargain after the price was lowered from $4,200,000.

The three-story 12,000 square foot pad was custom built in 2007, and is located in the exclusive Highland Fields neighborhood and boasts two heated garages for up to 6 cars, a deluxe home theatre, two laundry rooms, heated floors, a floating staircase, a walk-out lower level, a third floor bonus room, formal living and dining rooms, a game room, an eat-in kitchen, and a finished walk-out basement.

Sounds like a home fit for an Oscar winner!

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