The defense team for the man accused of killing Academy Award Winner Jennifer Hudson’s family members is asking to remove statements from a key witness.
William Balfour is accused of killing Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson; Hudson's 29-year-old brother, Jason Hudson; and her 7-year-old nephew, Julian King in. In February, prosecutors alleged that the murders were committed in a jealous rage.
Friday afternoon, Cook County Prosecutors said that William Balfour made several threats to his estranged wife, Julia Hudson, that included harming family members prior to the murders.
“I’ll kill your family and then I’ll kill you,” is what Julia Hudson says Balfour threatened her with, according to prosecutors.
The defense has filed a motion asking that any statements like those made by Julia Hudson quoting Balfour be omitted citing “Marriage Privilege.” Meaning that what was said, threat or not, was on the basis that it was included as part of the confidential communication between husband and wife.
Prosecutors also filed a motion requesting a new witness, Brittney Acoff of South Carolina who was reportedly near the scene of the crime.
No decision was made on either motion before the court took a break. Court is expected to resume later Friday afternoon.
Balfour's actual trial is scheduled to begin on April 9.