Jennifer Hudson Reacts to Verdict in Family Slayings

Jennifer Hudson has expressed her gratitude to the Chicago investigators and prosecutors who helped win a triple homicide conviction against the man who killed her family. Hudson’s former brother-in-law, William Balfour, was convicted Friday of the murders of the singer/actress’ mother, brother and sever-year-old nephew in October 2008.

On Friday afternoon, jurors deliberating the fate of William Balfour informed a Cook County judge that they had reached a verdict. Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson’s older sister Julia, was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder in the triple homicide of Jennifer’s mother Darnell, her brother Jason and her seven-year-old nephew, Julian King.

The bullet-riddled bodies of Darnell, 57, and Jason, 29, were discovered in the family’s South Side Chicago home. King was found three days later in an SUV abandoned on the city’s West Side. He suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head.

The decision came after a two-and-a-half-week trial in which Hudson took the stand as the first witness and gave emotional testimony against Balfour.

Jennifer and Julia released this joint statement following Friday’s verdict:

“We have many people to thank but our first thank you is to God, always. We are so grateful to prosecutors James McKay, Jennifer Bagby and Veryl Gambino and State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and her team for their dedication and tireless work from the beginning. We have the best police department and they have been with us every step of the way. We thank all of the State’s witnesses who came forward on our behalf. We have felt the love and support from people all over the world and we’re very grateful. We want to extend a prayer from the Hudson family to the Balfour family. We have all suffered terrible loss in this tragedy. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that perish: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn upon them (2 Corinthian 4:3-4). It is our prayer that the Lord will forgive Mr. Balfour of these heinous acts and bring his heart into repentance someday.”