William Balfour, the 27-year-old convicted felon questioned in the killings of Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew, remains behind bars following a parole review that found probable cause to detain him.
The 35-minute hearing ended Monday with a decision that Balfour, Hudson’s estranged brother-in-law, violated his parole and should be held until a Dec. 3 hearing before the full Illinois Prisoner Review Board, reports the Associated Press.
Balfour has been questioned, but not charged, in the killings. Authorities have called him a “person of interest.”
During the hearing, Balfour denied any involvement in the crime, including the allegations that he had been seen with a gun.
“He seemed to be disturbed. He contested those allegations” about the gun, Board Chairman Jorge Montes said after the hearing. “He was protesting the introduction of that evidence and he denied it.”
Jeanetta Cardine, an executive with the prisoner review board, was told during Monday’s hearing that Balfour’s girlfriend informed investigators she saw him with a gun matching the description of the .45-caliber weapon used in the three killings.
While Cardine found probable cause to believe Balfour violated other conditions of his parole, including failing to get anger management and substance abuse counseling, Montes said the gun allegation alone was enough to keep the man in custody.
“That’s a very serious allegation,” Montes said. “If somebody’s alleging they saw him with a gun that was used in the murder of three individuals, we would definitely hold” him.
The bodies of 57-year-old Darnell Donerson and 29-year-old Jason Hudson were discovered Oct. 24 at the family’s home. Three days later, 7-year-old Julian King’s body was found in a sport utility vehicle on the city’s West Side. Officers found the gun in a vacant lot in the neighborhood where Julian’s body was found.