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Video shows police interrogation in Hudson family slayings

Tribune reporter

A Cook County judge has released the videotape of the police interrogation of William Balfour that was played for jurors before they convicted him last week of killing actress Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.

The interrogation took place on Oct. 24, 2008, the day the bodies of Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, and brother, Jason Hudson, 29, were found shot to death in the Hudson family home in Englewood.

At the time of the questioning, Hudson’s nephew, Julian King, was still missing. The boy’s body was found three days later inside Jason Hudson’s stolen SUV, which had been abandoned on the West Side.

Balfour, who had been arrested at a girlfriend’s home that evening, was sitting in a small interview room at the Wentworth Area detective headquarters at 51st Street and Wentworth Avenue.

He denied any involvement in the killings, but Detective Thomas Kelly and his partner, Detective Allen Szudarski, soon confronted him with discrepancies about his movements that day.

Jurors said the timeline of events was crucial in their deliberations and that they were able to determine through cell phone records and other evidence that Balfour could not have been where he told the detectives he was when the murders are believed to have taken place.


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