Jennifer Hudson and Sister Leave Courtroom Before Crime Scene Photos Were Shown
On day two of the Jennifer Hudson family murder trial, it was reported that Jennifer Hudson and her sister Julia left the courtroom before the grisly murder photos of her mother, brother and nephew were shown to the jury.
The prosecutors shifted their focus to the crime scene today:
“…prosecutors projected dozens of photographs of her mother sprawled on a living room floor in a blood-soaked, white nightgown and her brother shot through the head on his bed…”
Several of the photographs showed Hudson’s 57-year-old mother, Darnell Donerson, face down on the floor, a large blood stain where she was shot through the back. Donald Fanelli, the forensics expert who was on the scene that day, testified that Hudson’s mother may have used a broom by her hand in one picture in a desperate attempt to fend off the attacker.
Other photos showed Hudson’s 29-year-old brother, Jason Hudson, with a gunshot wound near his ear, his head still on his pillow as he lay in bed.
Hudson hung her head and closed her eyes as Chicago police Sgt. David Dowling described finding her mother’s body in the living room. Dowling described finding Jason Hudson dead in his bed, with the sheets pulled up as if he had been sleeping.
Another officer testified about the frantic search for Hudson’s nephew, Julian King, who was found in an SUV three days later. Prosecutors also played a surveillance video showing Balfour getting out of a car at a gas station near the Hudson house on Chicago’s South Side before the killings.
Stay tuned for the latest as it is reported.