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  • Jennifer Hudson hands out free school supplies to honor slain nephew

    Jennifer Hudson hands out free school supplies to honor slain nephew
    Everyone always made a big deal about Julian King's birthday, but no one more so than Julian King. Julian — the 7-year-old nephew of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson — made party invitations and handed them out to anyone who...
  • Long wait in bitter cold, but kids get their presents

    Long wait in bitter cold, but kids get their presents
    People waited in line for as long as seven hours in wind chill readings as low as 19 degrees below zero to pick up donated toys for their children and grandchildren the morning of Christmas Eve. Academy Award-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson,...
  • Jennifer Hudson: I forgive my family's killer

    Jennifer Hudson: I forgive my family's killer
    Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson said she forgives the man who murdered her mother, brother, and nephew. She also doesn't totally blame william balfour for his crimes. Hudson shared her feelings on "Oprah's Next Chapter." Balfour will spend the...
  • In Hudson murders, witnesses' personal issues show difficulty of prosecution's case

    In Hudson murders, witnesses' personal issues show difficulty of prosecution's case
    In bringing some of their most damning testimony against Jennifer Hudson's former brother-in-law, Cook County prosecutors on Thursday relied on some colorful witnesses, including a former crack addict, a jail inmate and a man who waited more than two...
  • Defendant emotional as images of Jennifer Hudson's nephew are shown in court

    Defendant emotional as images of Jennifer Hudson's nephew are shown in court
    William Balfour hung his head low and appeared to wipe tears from his eyes Wednesday as photos of Jennifer Hudson's slain nephew flashed in a courtroom, but not everyone was there to see it. The empty bench in the fourth row of spectators spoke volumes:...
  • Hudson case jury sees police interrogation of Balfour

    Hudson case jury sees police interrogation of Balfour
    William Balfour had denied any involvement in the killings of actress Jennifer Hudson's family earlier that day when Chicago police detectives burst through the door of the tiny police interview room to confront him. "We have a little problem, amigo,"...
  • Chicago police describe finding Jennifer Hudson's nephew, 7, dead in SUV

    Chicago police describe finding Jennifer Hudson's nephew, 7, dead in SUV
    The young boy's left arm protruded from beneath a dirty shower curtain, resting lifeless on the rear seat of the abandoned white SUV. Amid the empty pop bottles, papers and scattered trash, singer Jennifer Hudson's 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, lay...
  • Hudson murder case jury urged to convict based on 'tsunami' of circumstantial evidence

    Hudson murder case jury urged to convict based on 'tsunami' of circumstantial evidence
    Jurors will continue deliberating the fate of actress Jennifer Hudson's former brother-in-law Thursday, choosing between contradicting portraits of him painted during closing arguments. The racially diverse panel must decide whether William Balfour is an...
  • Jennifer Hudson moves in a protective bubble at murder trial

    Jennifer Hudson moves in a protective bubble at murder trial
    Stepping off the elevator in stiletto boots and a black skirt, Jennifer Hudson draws a few sideways glances as she walks with her entourage to a Cook County courtroom where her former brother-in-law is standing trial in the killings of her mother, brother...
  • Friend: Suspect in Jennifer Hudson family murders asked her to lie about his whereabouts

    Friend: Suspect in Jennifer Hudson family murders asked her to lie about his whereabouts
    A close friend of William Balfour's testified Wednesday that Balfour asked her to lie about his whereabouts just hours after prosecutors allege he killed three members of singer Jennifer Hudson's family. Brittany Acoff-Howard, 21, was the second state...
  • Girlfriend says Balfour admitted killing mother, brother of Jennifer Hudson

    Girlfriend says Balfour admitted killing mother, brother of Jennifer Hudson
    William Balfour admitted killing singer Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother to his girlfriend just hours after they were fatally shot, the woman testified Friday in what turned out to be a powerful day of testimony for the prosecution. Appearing...
  • Friend says Jennifer Hudson's brother had only one enemy: Murder suspect William Balfour

    Friend says Jennifer Hudson's brother had only one enemy: Murder suspect William Balfour
    A maintenance man who grew up with singer Jennifer Hudson's family on Chicago's South Side testified Thursday that he could think of only one man who would have wanted to harm Hudson's brother: William Balfour. Balfour, on trial on charges he killed...