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On October 24 of that year, Hudson's 57-year-old mother, Darnell Donnerson, and 29-year-old brother, Jason, were found shot to death inside her mother's Chicago home, which she shared with Hudson's sister Julia. Three days later, the body of Hudson's 7-year-old nephew, Julian King was found in a SUV on Chicago's West Side.
Balfour, the estranged husband of Jennifer's sister Julia, is accused of the murders with a trial set date for February 2012. We'll have to wait and see if the 'American Idol' star will have the strength to appear on the witness stand.
For Hudson, the murders are still fresh in her mind. Recently Jennifer spoke out about how she narrowly avoided being in her family's Chicago home at the time of the murders, insisting her fiance David Otunga saved her life.
"He wanted me to come out to Florida with him instead of going to Chicago. I flew out to see him; that's why I'm still here. That's one of the things that saved my life. Because I could have been home with my mom then," Jennifer revealed for the first time, three years after the tragedy. "I've never said that before, and I can't believe I just said that now," she told Ebony.