Just a few weeks after the trial of William Balfour, the man accused of murdering Jennifer Hudson‘s mother, brother and nephew, began, the jury delivered it’s verdict: guilty. Darnell Donerson, Jason Hudson and 7-year-old Julian King lost their lives in 2008 after Balfour allegedly killed the family members upon finding out that his estranged wife, Jennifer’s sister Julia Hudson, was dating someone else. The prosecution cited “overwhelming circumstantial evidence,” including Balfour’s death threats against Julia, in their case, and called over 80 witnesses; the defense called only two witnesses and rested their case after 30 minutes.
“We are disappointed in the verdict, but we do appreciate all of the hard work the jury did in this case,” Balfour’s attorney Amy Thompson told the press after the verdict had been announced. “We’re hoping that the appellate court will take a look at this case with a very critical eye.” The verdict came after 18 hours of deliberation over three days, and shortly after the jury told Judge Charles Burns that it was split on a decision. After further deliberation however, Balfour was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder, home invasion, residential burglary, aggravated kidnapping and possession of a stolen vehicle. Jennifer joined her fiance David Otunga and sister in the courtroom today, and wept when the verdict was read.
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Naomi Campbell is such a good Samaritan. This whole pesky blood diamond-from-a-dictator business won’t stop trailing her around. And testifying is such a b***h. So what if she was hanging with ex-warlord Charles Taylor who allegedly recruited child soldiers, and abetted in the massacre of thousands? Of course she’d find it a terrible inconvenience to go testify at his trial at the Hague. She’s a supermodel…not a social worker.
After such a tiresome event, Naomi jetted back to her life of idle luxury with gazillionaire boyfriend Vladimir Doronin. The poor thing. The trauma she must’ve gone through! Still, the billionaires club they’re hanging out at in Porto Cervo (northern Sardinia) is just the balm she needs to soothe those frazzled nerves. Unfortunately, the “balm” ain’t doing anything to save Naomi’s hair.
And because she tends to bash people who aren’t as perfect at her, her company in Porto Cervo inhabit the highest echelons of stardom. Leonardo DiCaprio and supermodel girlfriend Bar Rafaeli are hanging on a yacht with Vlad and Nay-Nay. The foursome have also been hitting up clubs in Sardinia together. Who knew they were BFF? Well Leo and Naomi do have a Blood Diamond connection, but quite frankly, why anyone would want to hang out around her is now beyond us. Considering the harsh treatment she doles out to younger (prettier) models (hi, Jessica White), we wonder how long Bar is going to escape her trademark brand of crazy.
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