Hudson Family Murder Trial Begins: Jennifer Hudson Breaks Down on the Stand

Hudson Family Murder Trial Begins: Jennifer Hudson Breaks Down on the Stand

In a surprise move, Academy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson was called as the prosecution’s first witness in the Hudson family murder trial in Chicago. The award-winning singer and actress broke down and cried on the witness stand Monday as she recalled the brutal 2008 murders of her mother, brother and young nephew, allegedly at the hands of her jealous brother-in-law, William Balfour. “It was always me and my Tugga Bear,” she told jurors of her beloved 7-year-old nephew Julian King.

Balfour is accused of killing Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew in the Southside Chicago home where the Hollywood star grew up. Balfour allegedly killed Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, in the living room, then shot her 29-year-old brother, Jason Hudson, twice in the head as he lay in bed. He then drove off with her sister’s son, Julian King, and later shot the boy, nicknamed “Juice Box,” in the head as he lay behind a front seat, authorities say.

It is anticipated that Jennifer Hudson will attend the entire trial. She was accompanied to court today by her fiancé, the professional wrestler David Otunga. Following her 30-minute testimony, she joined him in the fourth row of the courtroom.

Read more about the trial in The Chicago Tribune here.

Hudson Family Murder Trial Begins

Interview: Jury Expert Discusses Hudson Murder Trial

Jennifer Hudson: And I Am Telling You, I’m Not Going

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An Intriguing Slice of Crooked Life: Gorgeous Vintage Mug Shots

First Degree Murder

Publicly Cavorting with a Group of Improper, if Very Alluring, Ladies

These Ladies!

Accused of Baby-Snatching

Public Indecency. To Wit, the Hair

Gold-Digging. And Subsequent Murder When Things Weren’t Happening Quickly Enough

We Have No idea What These Two Did, But We Sure Know Who the Ringleader Was

An Intriguing Slice of Crooked Life: Gorgeous Vintage Mug Shots

These solemn portraits are, in fact, vintage mug shots of old-time scallywags and scoundrels. They’re from a collection of beautifully candid mug shots found on the website of Australia’s Justice and Police Museum. The modern mug shot is seldom a work of art. Suspects are dragged into the police station and immediately photographed in whatever sorry state they happened to be in at the time they committed the crime, and the perfunctory snapshots are taken with no concern for lighting or style. In addition, they have to hold up those awful printed signs. How terribly cold and cruel our modern age! However, we had no idea how beautiful mug shots could be until we came across these gems. The photographs are haunting and resplendent in their depth, all weathered and written-on, and the faces of the criminals speak untold volumes. Click through the slide show for the best photographs of dirty old crooks you’ll ever see.

Vintage Mug Shots: Gods Gonna Cut You Down

Slide Show: An Intriguing Slice of Crooked Life/Gorgeous Vintage Mug Shots

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