Jennifer Hudson took the stand on Monday (April 23rd) to testify at the trial of her brother-in-law, William Balfour. Balfour is accused of murdering Jennifer’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew back in October 2008.
Hudson was the first witness called after prosecutors and attorneys for William Balfour finished their opening statements. During her brief but emotional testimony, she told jurors her family didn’t want her sister to marry Balfour and she spoke about the last time she saw her family members.
The singer and actress, who wore a subdued black dress and whose hair was wrapped in a bun, at first seemed composed as a prosecutor began asking her questions. But the testimony became increasingly difficult, and she began crying when talking about seeing her family the Sunday before the killings and later when a prosecutor showed her a picture of her mother.
Her voice also broke as she described her reaction when her sister, Julia Hudson, told her she was going to marry Balfour.
“None of us wanted her to marry him,” she said, her voice cracking and struggling to hold back tears. “We did not like how he treated her,” she said.
Balfour claims his innocence and plead not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder.
Stay strong Jennifer! I can’t even imagine having to get on the stand for the murder of close family members. Our prayers are with Jennifer & her family.