William Balfour was arrested yesterday in the murders of Jennifer Hudson‘s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew. Balfour, who is Hudson’s estranged brother-in-law, was previously a “person of interest” in the case. He was being held on suspicion of parole violation.
Balfour’s attorney, Joshua Kutnick, told reporters outside a Chicago police station that his client is innocent. “He vehemently denies that he is guilty in this case,” Kutnick said. “Any evidence pointing to Mr. Balfour is not even thin. It is very, very weak.”
Police haven’t yet disclosed a motive for the killings, but Balfour’s relationship with Julia Hudson (J-Hud’s sister) had deteriorated. On the morning of the killings, Julia called Balfour after learning that her paycheck had been garnered due to unmade payments of a car that Balfour had taken.
Jennifer Hudson has layed low since the tragedy, spending time with her sister and fiance (David Otunga, aka Punk on VH1) in Chicago. Last month, she used her MySpace page to thank fans for their support — and her profile picture still features Julian King, her murdered nephew.