Jennifer Hudson Breaks Down During Murder Trial
Posted on Tue Apr 24, 2012 09:45 AM PDT

jhudsongala061411_18_200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (x17online) - Jennifer Hudson experienced an emotional episode when she took the stand in the murder trial of William Balfour on Monday.

Hudson was the first witness called to the stand after opening statements and the Oscar winner fought back tears when she recounted moments with her family before the killings and her dislike for Balfour.

"None of us wanted her to marry him," Hudson said of her sister's marriage to defendant William Balfour, with her voice cracking. "We did not like how he treated her... I tried to keep my distance from William."

Hudson admitted that she learned of the killings from her sister Julia Hudson and headed back to Chicago to identify the bodies of her mother, brother and her 7-year-old nephew Julian a few days later.

Julia Hudson's testimony followed, where she recalled the first of many alleged threats Balfour made.

"He said, 'If you leave me, you will be the last to die. I'll kill your family first," she said with her voice quivering. She also said that he used precisely the same words several other times in the months before the triple homicide.

Balfour has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in the October 2008 slayings.