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Accused murderer’s lawyers want to talk with Jennifer Hudson

William Balfour.  (AP Photo/Illinois Department Corrections)

William Balfour. (AP Photo/Illinois Department of Corrections)

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Updated: March 9, 2012 8:20AM



Lawyers for the man accused of killing Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson’s family members said they’d like a face-to-face with the singer in case she is called to the stand during the April murder trial.

Hudson had never been identified as a witness in the case against William Balfour, but defense attorney Amy Thompson pointed to the possible evidence of a text Hudson exchanged with her mother around the time of the older woman’s fatal shooting.

Thompson made the request Tuesday as she and Cook County prosecutors wrangled over whether there was enough “probable cause” for Hudson’s estranged brother-in-law’s Oct. 24, 2008 arrest.

Thompson, who is seeking to have Balfour’s arrest thrown out, argued he wasn’t doing anything illegal when he was picked up after officers traced his cell phone to his girlfriend’s apartment.

But Assistant State’s Attorney James McKay urged Judge Charles Burns to consider the testimony of officers who described how Balfour constantly threatened to kill Hudson’s sister Julia in the days leading up to the murders.

Wentworth Area Detective Tim Nolan Tuesday said Julia Hudson let Balfour, 30, use the washroom in her Englewood home hours before he allegedly murdered her relatives there.

Although Julia Hudson started seeing another man and told Balfour she didn’t want to speak to him, she would still let him in the residence despite her brother Jason’s protests, Nolan said in the pretrial hearing.

Balfour was spotted roaming around the South Side neighborhood drunk with a gun days prior to slayings and asked Julia Hudson that morning why she had been ignoring him, Nolan said.

When she drove off for work, Julia Hudson told officers she saw Balfour in her rearview mirror still standing by the home, Nolan said.

Her mother Darnell Donerson, 57, and Jason Hudson, 29, were found shot to death inside when she returned. Donerson was holding the bristle of a broom and a shell casing was found inside Julia Hudson’s son’s playroom, retired detective Allen Szudarski testified.

Julian, 7, was found dead in Jason Hudson’s stolen SUV on the West Side three days later.

Burns will rule on the motion to quash Balfour’s arrest on Tuesday, Feb. 14.



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