Suspect Charged in Hudson Family Murders
Posted on Tue Dec 2, 2008 02:10 PM PDT

Jennifer Hudson hudsonmom.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - The estranged brother-in-law of Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson was charged Tuesday with three counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of three of the singer's family members.

Prosecutors presented formal charges against William Balfour in the deaths of Hudson's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew, said Tandra Simonton, spokeswoman for the Cook County state's attorney's office.

Balfour had been held on a parole violation since the bodies of Hudson's mother, Darnell Hudson Donerson, and brother, Jason Hudson, were discovered in their home Oct. 24.

The body of young Julian King, Balfour's stepson, was found in the back of an SUV three days later.

Balfour's attorney said that he talked to his client Tuesday morning and that he reiterated his innocence.

"It is scary as hell; he's charged with terrible crimes that he adamantly contends he's not guilty of," attorney Joshua Kutnick said on Tuesday.

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