The 27-year-old man questioned in the killings of Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew could be released from jail today following a 9 a.m. parole hearing if an administrative officer finds no reason to hold him.
William Balfour, the estranged husband of Jennifer’s sister Julia Hudson, is in custody on a parole violation but is also a “person of interest” in the triple murder investigation. No one has been charged in the shootings.
The chairman of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board, Jorge Montes, says that if an administrative officer finds cause to continue holding Balfour, the case then would go to a review board for a hearing. However, Montes says “conceivably” Balfour could be released, reports the Associated Press.
Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said the investigation of the killings is continuing and is independent of the prisoner review board’s decisions.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Tribune is reporting that Balfour acknowledged being at the Hudson’s Englewood home on the morning that the actress’ mother, Darnell Donerson, and her brother, Jason Hudson, were gunned down inside the house. Julia Hudson’s son, Julian King, was abducted from the home and his body discovered three days later, shot twice in the head and slumped in the back of Jason Hudson’s Chevy Suburban on a West Side street.
Balfour’s current girlfriend also told police that he told her he had been involved in the killings of Donerson and Hudson, sources told the Tribune.