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Jennifer Hudson Gives Tearful Testimony At Murder Trial

Jennifer Hudson was the first to take the stand this week as the trial of William Balfour, the man accused of killing her family members in 2008, got underway.

"None of us wanted her to marry him. I told her over and over again to not marry him," Hudson said during her testimony, wearing a conservative black suit and little makeup. "We did not like how he treated her."

The estranged brother-in-law is accused of shooting and killing Hudson's 57-year-old mother Darnell Donaldson, 29-year-old brother Jason Hudson and 7-year-old nephew Julian King in October 2008.

"My sister called my fiancÚ's phone. I remember it like yesterday, obviously," she said. "And he couldn't understand what she was saying because she was so hysterical, and I grabbed the phone from him, and that's when she told me."

Balfour, who pleaded not guilty to the murder charges, is accused of committing the murders while allegedly in a jealous rage over what he thought was another man in Julia's life.

Julia, Hudson's sister who was married to Balfour, said he didn't even like their young son getting too close to her.

"He'd say, 'Get off my wife,'" she told the jury. "Julian couldn't kiss me. 'Don't kiss my wife.' He was jealous. Wouldn't like anybody to do anything. Everything was a problem."

This while Balfour was having affairs with three other women.

"It was not a secret, they would call, I would answer," she explained. "But he said, 'If you leave me, you will be the last to die. I'll kill your family first."

Balfour's lawyer has said there is no forensic evidence tying him to the murders. The trial is expected to last about a month.

April 24, 2012 |

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