Suspect In Hudson Killings To Stay In Prison

The man suspected in the triple murders of actress Jennifer Hudson’s family will remain in prison as police continue to investigate the grizzly slayings it was ruled today (November 10).
The Illinois Prisoner Review Board ruled that William Balfour, 27, must remain in police custody, because of evidence that he violated his parole.

Balfour was on probation for a 1999 conviction for attempted murder during a botched car jacking.

Today’s ruling was based on statements Balfour’s girlfriend gave to police, indicating that she had seen him with a gun matching the one that was used to murder Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.

Board members also ruled that Balfour had violated the terms of his probation by being in places where drugs are sold, stemming from a June 19 arrest, in which he allegedly was found in possession of crack cocaine.

Balfour, the estranged husband of Jennifer Hudson’s sister Julia, has not been charged in the case.

He was arrested on a parole violation immediately after the October 24 murders of Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, Jason Hudson, 29, and Julia’s son Julian King.

King, who was kidnapped from the Hudson home, was discovered three days, shot twice in the head.

Incredibly, Balfour who has been held at Stateville Correctional Center since October 26, did not have a lawyer representing him in the high profile case.

Investigators say Balfour acknowledged being in the Hudson family home on the morning of the slayings, but is not cooperating with the investigation.

During today’s hearing, Balfour also protested the evidence that prosecutors presented during the hearing.

He will now remain in police custody until he is granted a full hearing, which is set for December 3.