Did Brother's Dealing Cause Hudson Murders?

By Valerie Tejeda 04/25/12

A drug feud may well have been responsible for the triple murder of Jennifer Hudson's family members.

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The foray into drug dealing of actress and singer Jennifer Hudson's brother may have led to his murder, during which two other family members were also killed. Jason Hudson was murdered along with his mother and his7-year-old nephew back in October 2008. Accused killer William Balfour—the ex-husband of Hudson’s sister—is now claiming that he and Jason Hudson were business partners in selling drugs. "He was involved in a dangerous business," says assistant public defender Amy Thompson, who is representing Balfour. "It brought danger to him and he lived in Englewood, probably the most dangerous neighborhood in the city of Chicago." Witness Lonnie Simpson testified in the trial that he did deal drugs with Jason Hudson, but claims he didn’t have any enemies in his neighborhood. “[Police] did nothing to determine if it might have been Jason Hudson’s violent business that led to him getting shot twice before, that led to these murders," says Thompson. “They did nothing to follow the trail other than the weak trail that leads to William Balfour.” An emotional Jennifer Hudson also took the stand, claiming she never liked or trusted her sister’s then-husband Balfour. “I tried to keep my distance with William any chance I got," she said. "Where he was, I tried not to be. So if I saw him, I separated myself.”

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Entertainment journalist and author Valerie Tejeda spends her days reporting on books, television, and all things pertaining to pop culture, and spends her nights writing novels for teens. Her stories have appeared on a variety of different publications, including but not limited to: VanityFair, MTV, The Huffington Post, TeenVogue, She Knows, Latina, The Fix, Salon.com, Cosmopolitan, and more. You can find Valerie on Linkedin and Twitter.