Yesterday in a Chicago courtroom, William Balfour, accused of killing Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother, and nephew in October 2008, was found guilty on all 3 counts of first degree murder.
Though Jennifer and her sister Julia, who was married to Balfour at the time of the murders, passed on speaking with reporters yesterday, they did release a shortly after the verdict was read. The two thanked the Chicago Police Department, everyone for their support, and sent a prayer to Balfour’s family.
â€œWe have many people to thank but our first thank you is to God, always. We are so grateful to prosecutors James McKay, Jennifer Bagby and Veryl Gambino and Stateâ€™s Attorney Anita Alvarez and her team for their dedication and tireless work from the beginning.
â€œWe have the best police department and they have been with us every step of the way. We thank all of the Stateâ€™s witnesses who came forward on our behalf.
â€œWe have felt the love and support from people all over the world and weâ€™re very grateful. We want to extend a prayer from the Hudson family to the Balfour family.
â€œWe have all suffered terrible loss in this tragedy. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that perish: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn upon them (2 Corinthian 4:3-4). It is our prayer that the Lord will forgive Mr. Balfour of these heinous acts and bring his heart into repentance someday.â€
Balfour now faces a mandatory life sentence for the killings of Darnell Donerson, Jason Hudson, and Julian King.
Source: Chicago Sun Times