Jennifer Hudson Plays Crucial Role In William Balfour Triple Murder Trial
William Balfour is charged with the fatal shootings of R&B singer Jennifer Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson (57), and brother Jason Hudson (29) on October 24, 2008. He’s also charged with kidnapping and killing Jennifer’s 7-year-old nephew Julian King.
Prospective jurors, roughly 150 of them, were questioned based on a 26-page questionnaire which is intended to aid in the juror selection process. The Los Angeles Times reports the questions which will be asked of jurors include:
1. Have you ever seen Jennifer Hudson perform in person?
2. Do you belong to any organization for which Jennifer Hudson is a spokesperson [Weight Watchers, anyone?]
3. Have you ever seen a movie in which Jennifer Hudson played any role? [Does Dreamgirls count?]
4. Have you ever read a magazine or newspaper interview with Jennifer Hudson or an article about Jennifer Hudson or heard or seen a television or radio interview with Jennifer Hudson? [You’re reading one right now!]
The list of inquiries is long and go on to ask potential jurors what their perspectives are on various topics such as illegal drugs and firearms, both of which issues are expected to be divulged during as witnesses begin to testify on the murder and kidnapping trial of William Balfour.
Cook County Judge Charles Burns and lawyers representing both the defense as well as the prosecution will discuss prospective jurors answers on an individual basis.
After a private funeral service was held for the victims at Chicago’s South Side Apostolic Church of God, Hudson’s remaining family members announced the manifestation of The Hudson-King Foundation for Families of Slain Victims. The slain victims foundation was created in honor of Hudson’s murdered nephew, brother, and mother.
Julian King died from “multiple gunshot wounds” according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office which released an autopsy report on October 29, 2008.
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