Balfour Stays Jailed As Hudson Murders Remain Unsolved

Board decides William Balfour can be held on a 1999 parole violation

William Balfour, the only person being held related to the murders of three members of Jennifer Hudson's family, will remain behind bars for the time being.  At a hearing this week at Stateville Prison in Crest Hill, the Illinois Parole Review Board ruled to keep 27-year-old Balfour in prison for a parole violation.

Balfour, who is married to Hudson's sister, Julia, remains a person of interest in the Oct. 24 murders of the Oscar-winning actress' mother, Darnell Donerson; her brother, Jason Hudson; and her 7-year-old nephew, Julian King. 

The panel decided to keep Balfour in custody for a parole violation in an unrelated case because a report from the State's Attorney's Office showed Balfour's girlfriend told investigators he had  a .45 caliber pistol matching the one that detectives say was used to kill the Hudson family members, said the Chairman of the Parole Review Board, Jorge Montes.

The Board also believes Balfour violated his parole by using illegal drugs, being around illegal drugs, and failing to complete substance and anger management classes.

Balfour could have been jailed in June, when he was charged with possession of narcotics, another violation of his parole.  But those charges were dropped.

"It's very common, and it's done with most parolees," Montes said.  "We don't want to bring every parolee back for every kind of violation; that's industry standards." Balfour's next hearing is scheduled for 9am Dec. 3.  

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