Jennifer Hudson & Family "Pleased" with Balfour Guilty Verdict
Finally receiving the justice which they'd waited to occur for over four years, Jennifer Hudson and family were in court as William Balfour was found guilty of first degree murder.
The verdict was read in a Chicago courthouse on Friday afternoon (May 11), with Miss Hudson's estranged brother-in-law, Balfour, being held responsible for the shooting deaths of the singer/actress' three family members in their native Chicago, Illinois in October, 2008.
The trial began on on April 23, 2012, with jurors being presented with testimony from witnesses including Hudson and her sister Julia, who split from Balfour in February, 2008.
After two days of deliberations, the jury convicted Balfour of the brutal slayings while also finding him guilty of charges of home invasion, residential burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle and aggravated kidnapping.
With a sentence expected to be delivered at a later date, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said of Jennifer and family's feelings regarding the guilty verdict, “They are both very pleased and very appreciative with the cooperation we have provided for them."
Alvarez added, “They are relieved and we hope the verdict gives some sense of justice.”