Jennifer Hudson's Family Killed In "Jealous Rage," Say Prosecutors

December 4, 2008 9:05 AM ET

Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew were all killed "in a jealous rage," according to a prosecutor on the case. At a bail hearing yesterday, it was revealed that William Balfour thought his wife, Hudson's sister, was seeing another man. Balfour was charged with three counts of murder in the first degree, plus another charge of home invasion. Bail was denied. The prosecution told the court that Balfour told his wife "her family would suffer if he saw her with other men." Balfour's defense lawyer said his client is "a victim of circumstance," called the prosecution's case "a quilt with holes in it" and that no forensic evidence at the crime scenes point to Balfour.

Related Stories:
Suspect In Hudson Murders Denied Parole, Admits He Was "Involved"
Public Memorial Held For Jennifer Hudson's Relatives
Body of Jennifer Hudson's Nephew Found Following Murder of Her Brother, Mother

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

More Song Stories entries »