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Jennifer Hudson Testifies at Murder Trial

Singer says she never liked man who killed her mother, brother and nephew

April 24, 2012 8:45 AM ET
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Jennifer Hudson performs at Carnegie Hall in New York.
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Jennifer Hudson was called as the first witness at the trial of the man charged with murdering her mother, brother and nephew, Reuters reports. The singer testified at William Balfour's trial in Chicago yesterday, telling the court that she knew the man since childhood but never liked him, and warned her sister Julia not to marry him. 

Hudson also testified about her experience of returning to Chicago after the killings to identify the bodies of her mother and brother. Balfour allegedly murder them both, and later Julia's son from another relationship, in a jealous rage. Julia Hudson also testified yesterday, telling the court that Balfour threatened that if she left him, she would "be the last to die," and he promised to kill her family first.

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