A jury of six men and six women found William Balfour guilty on all seven counts he faced relating to the Hudson murders in 2008. Deliberations began late Wednesday in the case against Balfour. The jurors were sequestered for two nights before reaching a verdict Friday afternoon. During the trial, Prosecutors called over 80 witnesses to the stand including Jennifer Hudson and her sister, Julia Hudson.
Jennifer Hudson along with Julia released this statement:
“We have many people to thank but our first thank you is to God, always.
We are so grateful to prosecutors James McKay, Jennifer Bagby and Veryl Gambino and State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and her team for their dedication and tireless work from the beginning. We have the best police department and they have been with us every step of the way. We thank all of the State’s witnesses who came forward on our behalf. We have felt the love and support from people all over the world and we’re very grateful.
We want to extend a prayer from the Hudson family to the Balfour family. We have all suffered terrible loss in this tragedy. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that perish: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn upon them (2 Corinthian 4:3-4).
It is our prayer that the Lord will forgive Mr. Balfour of these heinous acts and bring his heart into repentance someday.”