The only person police have identified as a suspect in the murders of Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew, William Balfour , 27, faces a parole hearing on Monday (November 10) that will determine whether police will continue to hold him in the case or set him free as they continue their investigation.
The review by the Illinois Prisoner Review Board comes on the day that the Chicago Tribune is reporting that, according to unnamed law-enforcement sources, Balfour acknowledged being at the Hudson’s Englewood, Chicago, home on the morning that Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, and brother, Jason Hudson , were shot to death inside the house. Hudson’s nephew, Julian King , was abducted from the home and his body was discovered three days later in the back of Jason Hudson’s SUV. The paper also reported, citing unnamed sources, that Balfour’s current girlfriend told police that Balfour told her he had been involved in the killings of Donerson and Hudson.
Balfour was on parole for a 1999 attempted-murder conviction when his name was linked to the October 24 murders of his estranged wife’s brother, mother and 7-year-old son. While Balfour hasn’t been charged, his parole was revoked due to violations including missed anger-management sessions, missed substance-abuse counseling sessions and a June arrest on cocaine-possession charges. Balfour, who is married to Hudson’s sister, Julia Hudson, has been housed at the Stateville Correctional Center since October 26. The review board is scheduled to take up his case on Monday morning. If the board finds probable cause to believe that Balfour has violated his parole in some way, he’ll be held for further hearings. If the board finds no evidence of parole violation, Balfour will be set free.