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Jennifer Hudson in court for 2nd day of Balfour trial

Jennifer HudsonWilliam BalfourJustice SystemJason HudsonJulian KingDavid Otunga

Jennifer Hudson was in the courtroom with her fiancee on the second day of trial for William Balfour, the man accused of killing three of her family members.

Balfour is charged with murdering Hudson's mother Darnell Donerson, brother Jason Hudson, and 7-year-old nephew Julian King in October 2008

The prosecution called Sgt. Richard Dowling as its first witness of the day. He was the first officer at the scene of the crime.

Dowling recreated the crime scene for jurors.  He arrived on scene and found the body of Darnell Donnerson. He later discovered Jason Hudson. Dowling also describing the search of the house for Julian King.

Defense attorneys questioned Dowling about how evidence preservation of the crime scene.

On the stand now is Officer Jennifer Bryk.  She spoke to Julia Hudson at the scene, and asked her who could have done this? To which Hudson replied, "William Balfour."

While Officer Bryk was speaking with Hudson, Balfour called Hudson. Officer Bryk said she told Hudson to answer the call, act normal, and don't let him know you discovered the murders.

Officer Bryk also took over the search for Julian.

Retired Chicago Police forensic investigator Donald Fanelli also took the stand on Tuesday. Fanelli was on a team of investigators that processed the crime scene.

The judge took a brief recess just before Fanelli started testifying. Jennifer Hudson exited the courtroom during the recess along with her sister, and did not return. Meanwhile, her fiancee, David Otunga, was still in the courtroom taking notes on the trial.

Fanelli testified that he he had concerns about processing the scene because Julian King was unaccounted for.

Fanelli was questioned by the prosecution about evidence found at the crime scene. In addition to describing crime scene photos, Fanelli has also identified several pieces of evidence including the broom found in Darnell Donnerson's hands and several fired cartridge casings found near the bodies.

Prosecutors also asked Fanelli to describe where the bodies of Jason Hudson and Darnell Donnerson were found using exhibits of photos and a floor plan from the Hudson home.

When describing a crime scene photo of the body of Jason Hudson, Fanelli pointed out a wound on his leg, from a prior shooting, that had been wrapped and bandaged. Fanelli said it was a "severe, older wound," and "it didn't appear to us he could walk very well."

Prosecutors also asked Fanelli to identify and explain photos of bullet holes in the front door, blood splatter on the walls, and photos of Julian Kings playroom.

Court adjourned for the day just before 6 p.m. day. The trial is expected to last about a month.

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