Neither Jennifer nor Julia Hudson were in the courtroom for opening statements, a sign that they likely will be called as witnesses in the case. Hudson's fiancé, professional wrestler David Otunga, listened in the courtroom gallery with several other member of the Hudson family.
Prosecutors will use a series of witnesses to try to connect the dots of their case, piecing together a motive for the slayings as well as a timeline of events that ended with Balfour's arrest hours after the bodies of Donerson and Jason Hudson were found in the family's home in the 7000 block of South Yale Avenue. Julian's body was found a few days later on the West Side in a vehicle stolen from the Hudson home.
The most crucial testimony will come from Julia Hudson, who was separated from Balfour at the time of the killings. She is expected to tell the jury about Balfour's jealousy over her new boyfriend and describe threats he allegedly made to kill her and her family, according to prosecution filings.
Gambino told jurors that the couple's marriage began to fall apart after Julia went to Japan with Jennifer Hudson in 2008 and Balfour began seeking the company of other women. Despite Balfour's threats against her family, the two continued to have sexual relations.
"The sex was good but that doesn't make a marriage," Gambino said.
The defense has begun their opening statements, with testimony expected to begin later this afternoon.
The Cook County sheriff's office has issued more than 30 media credentials for the case, including to reporters from People Magazine, E! Entertainment Television and the gossip website TMZ. With hordes of reporters and camera operators descending upon the Criminal Courts Building today, county officials have planned for everything from courtroom seating to the private entrance Hudson will use during the monthlong trial.
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