Jennifer Hudson Takes Stand at Family Murder Trial

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Jennifer Hudson says her family didn’t want her sister to marry
the man now accused of killing her mother, brother and 7-year-old
nephew. Hudson’s voice broke Monday as she testified on the stand
about how she reacted when her sister told her she was going to
marry William Balfour. Prosecutors say he killed the Oscar winner’s
family after becoming enraged that Hudson’s sister, his estranged
wife, had begun dating someone else.

Hudson
struggled to hold back tears as she told jurors, “None of us wanted
her to marry him.” She added, “We did not like how he treated her.”

Balfour
has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in
the October 2008 slayings. Hudson previously has declined to talk
publicly about the killings.

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