William Balfour, [artist id="2481017"]Jennifer Hudson[/artist]‘s estranged brother-in-law, was indicted on three counts of murder on Tuesday, CNN reported.
Earlier this month, Balfour was denied bail after being charged with the murders (and one count of home invasion) of the Oscar winner’s brother, Jason Hudson; mother, Darnell Donerson; and nephew, Julian King, in October. No new charges were brought up on Tuesday, but a grand jury must indict the defendant before the case can go to trial, a Cook County state’s attorney’s office spokesperson explained to The Associated Press.
Balfour denies the charges and has pleaded not guilty. Defense attorney Joshua Kutnick has argued that there is no forensic evidence to tie him to the crimes. Balfour appeared in court for the indictment, where Kutnick asked that his client be moved to the Cook County jail to facilitate communication between lawyer and defendant, the AP reported. That decision will be made on January 20.
“The police believe it is William Balfour, but the problem is what they have done. They find their suspect and build evidence around the suspect. That’s not the way it should work. They should gather evidence, and it should lead to a suspect,” Kutnick said. “This was the convenient person to go to. It is bolstered by the fact that it took them so long to get him arrested and charged.”
The prosecution has said that Balfour was jealous that his wife, Julia Hudson, was dating another man and went to the Hudson home on the day of the killings to confront her. His mother, Michele Davis Balfour, has argued that her son was dating three other women at the time, and that jealousy would not have been an issue.
Since the tragedy, Jennifer Hudson has kept a low profile. She has been nominated for four Grammy Awards and was reportedly going to head back to work on a music video , but later reportedly scrapped those plans.