Disturbing and eerie new developments in the investigation into the brutal slayings of Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew. The suspect in custody is 27-year-old William Balfour—married to Hudson's sister Julia and stepfather to the murdered 7-year-old boy—who has not been charged and is being held on parole violations. A parole officer may have heard the last words of the murdered child.
Records also show that Balfour missed a meeting with his parole agent on Friday, the day Hudson's mother and brother were murdered and her 7-year-old nephew went missing. Reached by phone that afternoon, he told the agent he was "baby-sitting on the West Side of Chicago," according to the documents, obtained by The Associated Press.
The agent said he thought he heard a child in the background during the call.
The Associated Press reports authorities declined to prosecute Balfour on drug charges last summer. If they had pressed charges, he would have been behind bars and the family of the Oscar-winning actress would probably be alive today.
The Cook County Medical Examiner has determined 7-year-old Julian King died of "multiple gunshot wounds to the head."
Hudson Suspect Missed Parole Meeting [Tribune]
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