Police say Hudson Family Murderer May Have Had Help

October 29, 2008 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

hudson-family-members.jpgAlthough Chicago police have only one known suspect in the slayings of three relatives of actress Jennifer Hudson, some evidence suggests that more than one person may have been involved, law-enforcement sources said today.

Investigators have focused on suspect William Balfour’s movements on
Friday, the day of the murders, as well as his conflicts with his
estranged wife, Julia Hudson, and other members of the family. They are
trying to determine whether another person drove Balfour to the West
Side after the killings at the Hudsons’ South Side home, sources said.

Witnesses said Balfour drove his teal Chrysler to the Hudsons’ block
Friday, arriving about 7 a.m. But later the vehicle was discovered by
police parked about a mile away outside Robeson High School. Balfour’s
girlfriend told police that he was at her West Side home not long after
the slayings of Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, and the
Oscar-winning actress’ brother, Jason, at their Englewood home, sources said.

The body of Hudson’s 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, was discovered
Monday morning in the back of Jason Hudson’s Chevy Suburban, parked on
a West Side street.

Balfour has not been charged in connection with the murders but is held
on a parole violation after being arrested and questioned in the case
over the weekend.

Security video at the South Side high school showed someone parking the
Chrysler on Friday, but investigators have not been able to determine
the person’s identity from the images, the sources said. A time stamp
on the video showed the car was left there at 12:30 p.m. Friday, but it
was unclear whether the stamp was accurate, sources said.

Meanwhile, cell phone records placed Balfour on the West Side at that
hour, sources said. If the time stamp is accurate, it would suggest
another person may have driven the Chrysler from the Hudson home to
Robeson, sources said. In any event, Balfour did not use his own car to
travel from the Hudson’s Englewood house to his girlfriend’s home near
19th Street and Spaulding Avenue on the West Side, police said.

As detectives continued searching for answers, the Cook County medical
examiner’s office released autopsy results Tuesday showing Julian King
died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Also on Tuesday, new details emerged about Balfour’s criminal and personal history.

In June, while on parole for a 1999 attempted murder conviction, Balfour was arrested for possession of cocaine.

According to court records, Balfour was stopped by officers after he
got out of a vehicle that had turned a corner at high speed in an area
where police were investigating calls of shots fired. Police found
drugs in the car Balfour was driving.

The Illinois Department of Corrections was contacted about the new drug
charges because he was on parole, but the agency decided not to revoke
his parole and return him to prison, according to the records.

The case was dropped on July 16 after Cook County Circuit Judge David
Skryd found police had no probable cause to arrest Balfour.

A law-enforcement source said Balfour also had violated his parole by
failing to complete required counseling programs for substance abuse
and anger management. His case fell through the cracks, the source
said.Prisoner Review Board Chairman Jorge Montessaid it is not uncommon
for parole violations to go unnoticed.

He said most inmates commit minor violations. Generally, a warrant for
arrest on a violation is only issued in cases where a more serious
crime or infraction has occurred, Montes said.

Balfour was one of two children born to a mother who worked two jobs to
support her family and a father who was serving a 30-year prison
sentence for murder.

Source: Chicago Tribune


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