William Balfour, the man accused of killing Jennifer Hudson‘s mother, brother, and young nephew, has been found guilty of 3 counts of first degree murder by a Chicago court.
For 11 days, Balfour stood trial for the killings, with Jennifer and her sister Julia each taking the stand during the process, along with 84 other witnesses. Balfour did not testify.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, Jennifer and her sister became emotional when the verdict was read, while Balfour had no reaction, as he has for much of the trial.
Cook County jurors returned guilty verdicts against William Balfour after about 18 hours of deliberation over three days.
Jennifer Hudson had her head down when the verdict was announced. She then talked to her fiance, David Otunga, who put his arm around her. She then began to get emotional.
She was soon taken out of the courtroom â€” but reporters were not allowed to follow her.
Balfour, who turned 31 on Thursday, had no reaction. His family, however, began tearing up after the verdicts.
In addition to the murders, Balfour was also convicted of home invasion, aggravated kidnapping, residential burglary and possession of a stolen motor vehicle for the 2008 crimes.
Balfour, who was married to Julia at the time of the October 2008 murders, now faces a mandatory life sentence in prison.