Balfour to remain in jail on parole issue

November 10, 2008 10:06:22 AM PST
The Illinois Prisoner Review Board has ruled that the man police call a person of interest in the Hudson family murders should remain behind bars. William Balfour, 27, has not been charged in the deaths of Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew. After he was questioned by Chicago police he was taken into custody for a parole violation. A hearing was held Monday morning to determine if he should remain in jail.

In 1999, Balfour was convicted for attempted murder. Monday, a hearing officer determined that he had in fact violated the terms of his parole, saying Balfour missed appointments for drug counseling and anger management. The hearing officer also determined he was in violation of several terms involving drug abuse.

"Mr. Balfour contested all the allegations made against him, the hearing officer found he was in violation of those conditions," said Jorge Montez, IL. Prisoner Review Board Chairman.

Balfour -- the estranged husband of Jennifer Hudson's sister, Julia -- has been named a person of interest in the murders of three of the Oscar winner's relatives -- her mother, Darnell Hudson Donerson; brother, Jason Hudson; and nephew, Julian King, who is Julia Hudson's son.

Shortly after the killings, police found a handgun in an alley near the crime scene where 7-year-old King's body was found.

Monday, the prison review board received a report from the Cook County state's attorney's office. It stated that a girlfriend of Balfour told investigators she saw him with a gun that matches the description of the gun found by police.

Prisoner review board chairman Jorge Monetz says that is probable cause - which is why Balfour will move on to a full panel of the prison review board.

"We won't speak for Mr. Balforu, but he was protesting the introduction of that evidence and he denied it," said Montez.

Balfour has not been charged in the killings. His next hearing is December 3.


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