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Jennifer Hudson's Family Murder Trial Gets Underway

Posted Monday April 23, 2012 1:30 PM GMT

It has been almost four years since members of her family were murdered in Chicago, and today Jennifer Hudson is expected to attend the kickoff of William Balfour’s trial.

Balfour is being charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Hudson’s mother Darnell Donerson, brother Jason Hudson, and nephew Julian King.

On October 24, 2008 Balfour, who was the estranged husband of Jennifer’s sister Julia, allegedly went into a jealous rage after Julia received a gift of balloons from who William assumed was a secret lover.

From there, he is accused of making good on his threat from the day before- “If you ever leave me, I”m going to kill you, but I”m going to kill your family first.”

As for Jennifer, she will likely be in attendance during the entire trial, though it’s not been confirmed whether or not she’ll be called as a witness.

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