William Balfour has been sentenced to served three consecutive life sentences for the murder of Jennifer Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, her brother Jason Hudson, and nephew Julian King.
Balfour proclaimed his innocence up to the very end. While being sentenced the Judge said to Balfour, “Your soul is as barren as dark space.”
31-year-old Balfour stands convicted of the triple murder, home invasion and residential burglary after allegedly flying into a blind and jealous rage in 2008 — when he believed his ex-girlfriend (Jennifer’s sister) had received a gift from her new boyfriend.
Hopefully this brings some closure to Jennifer Hudson and now she can move forward and continue to heal.
A Chicago jury has found Jennifer Hudson’s former brother-in-law, William Balfour, guilty of three counts of murder and four other counts related to the 2008 slayings of the Grammy Award winning singer’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Balfour’s lawyer had argued that there was no forensic evidence linking him to the killings. The other charges included aggravated kidnapping, home invasion, residential burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle.
The case went to the jury Thursday, after heated closing arguments Wednesday set a tense tone.
During Cook County prosecutor Jennifer Bagby’s closing argument, she showed autopsy photos of the victims, and then pointed toward Balfour.
“It’s time to hold him responsible,” she said.
Thank God for justice. Read more of this story over at CNN.
The Trayon Martin support is in full swing! Check this out:
[via HuffingtonPost] Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush was thrown off the House floor Wednesday after wearing a hoodie and sunglasses in protest of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida.
“Racial profiling has to stop,” Rush said as he peeled off his suit jacket to reveal a hoodie underneath, at which point he pulled the hood over his head and replaced his glasses with sunglasses. “Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum.” Continue reading
The Miami Heat are stepping up to show their support for Trayvon Martin, the 17 year old who was shot dead by a neighborhood watch leader, George Zimmerman, as he was returning home from a store in Sanford, Florida unarmed. As we previously reported, Martin was wearing a hoodie while carrying only iced tea and a bag of Skittles, however the neighborhood watch leader thought he looked suspicious.
Zimmerman, has yet to be arrested for shooting Trayvon because he told police that he shot him in self-defense and is protected by Florida’s ‘Stand Your Grown’ law aka “Shoot First, Ask Questions later.”
Today, King James tweeted a photo of the entire squad wearing hoodies with the caption:
#WeAreTrayvonMartin #Hoodies #Stereotyped #WeWantJustice
Dwyane Wade also changed his profile pic to one of himself in a hoodie and tweeted:
“#hoodies, #steretype #TrayvonMartin”
The Miami Heat aren’t the only ones stepping up to show their dissatisfaction with the justice system. Check out Sinead O’Connor’s open letter here.
Inglewood Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman responsible for killing dancer M-Bone of the rap group Cali Swag District.
Police are hopeful the reward will entice witnesses to come forward with information in the death of M-Bone, whose real name was Monte Ray Talbert.
“People are out during all hours of the day in Los Angeles and see all sorts of things,” said Sgt. Dirk Dewachter of the Inglewood Police Department.
He said many witnesses do not come forward out of fear of retaliation.
Talbert’s relatives and Inglewood police officers will distribute fliers Friday afternoon around the 400 block of North La Brea Avenue, the area where Talbert was shot.
“We will try to explore all avenues and resources,” Dewachter said.
Talbert was killed May 15 when a gunman pulled up alongside his car and shot him twice in the head, we reported.
Cali Swag District was known for the song and accompanying dance “Teach Me How to Dougie.”
Inglewood homicide detectives ask anyone with any information to call (310) 412-5246.