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Jennifer Hudson on Witness List for Murder Trial

Singer's mother, brother and nephew were killed in 2008

February 29, 2012 8:50 AM ET
Jennifer Hudson performs a tribute to Whiteny Houston at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.
Jennifer Hudson performs a tribute to Whiteny Houston at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.
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Oscar-winning singer Jennifer Hudson will be called to the witness stand in the upcoming trial of the man accused of murdering her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew in 2008. Prosecutors have not yet disclosed whether Hudson will testify at the April 9th trial of William Balfour, who was the estranged husband of her sister, Julia.

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Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, and the singer's brother Jason Hudson, 29, were found shot to death in the family's home on October 24th, 2008. The body of her nephew, a child from Julia's previous relationship, was found days later in a vehicle several miles away. Police connected the killings by recovering a gun apparently used in both shootings. Prosecutors claim that Balfour killed all three in a "jealous rage."

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