‘I didn’t like the way he treated my nephew’

ACADEMY AWARD WINNER Jennifer Hudson, choking back tears, testified on Monday how no one in her family wanted her sister to marry the man who is accused of murdering her mother, brother and nephew.

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Published: Wed 25 Apr 2012, 8:12 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:54 PM

“We didn’t like the way he treated her, and I didn’t like the way he treated my nephew,” the 30-year-old singer and actress told a Chicago court where William Balfour stands accused of first-degree murder.

Balfour, the estranged husband of Julia Hudson, is charged with the October 2008 multiple gunshot killings of Hudson’s mother Darnell Donerson, 57; her brother Jason Hudson, 29; and seven-year-old nephew Julian King.

Prosecutors alleged that Balfour, also 30, who pleaded not guilty, acted out of spite after his estranged wife — the mother of Julian King — told him she wanted a divorce.

The murders in Chicago’s South Side upended Hudson’s life less than two years after the one-time American Idol contestant collected a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in Dreamgirls.

Her testimony offered little insight into the murders that shocked Chicago and garnered international attention, but they painted a picture of a close-knit family torn apart by a violent crime.

Hudson recalled how, after a frantic phone call from her sister, she flew immediately to Chicago to identify the remains of her mother and brother and to post a $100,000 reward for her then-missing nephew. The youngster was found shot dead and covered with a shower curtain three days later in the back of a stolen vehicle.

“We were trying everything, anything we could do to get him back,” said Hudson.

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