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Man Convicted in Murders of Jennifer Hudson Family Members Speaks Out


CARL COURT/AFP/Getty ImagesJennifer Hudson‘s former brother-in-law, who’s currently in an Illinois prison for the 2008 murders of the singer’s mother, brother and nephew, says in a new interview he was not responsible for their deaths.

In the conversation with ABC Chicago affiliate WLS-TV, William Balfour insists, “I didn’t have nothing to do with the case and don’t know who had anything to do with the case.”

Balfour, 34, claims many of the trial witnesses, including his then-wife, Julia, lied. He denies he threatened to kill Julia, as she testified. Balfour was on parole at the time of the murders for a 1992 attempted murder conviction.

When asked who killed Hudson’s family members if he didn’t do it, Balfour replied, “I don’t know. I can sit here and speculate the many names and just throw them out there to you, it still wouldn’t solve it, period.”

WLS also asked him why anyone should believe what he’s now saying about the case. Balfour, who received three consecutive life sentences following his conviction, said, “I mean it’s up to them to make sense out of it. Because if you make a statement and the statement don’t add up to the way the murders happen — then it’s a problem. That’s reasonable doubt.”

In light of the interview, a Chicago Police Department spokesperson said in a statement to WLS, “CPD stands firmly behind our investigation which was based exclusively on facts and evidence in this senseless murder.”

A spokesperson for the Cook County State’s Attorney said in a separate statement, “This defendant was convicted of these heinous crimes, including the vicious murder of a 7-year-old child, after a lengthy trial before a Cook County Jury. He was afforded every legal right and provided the opportunity to present any relevant defense. The evidence establishing this defendant’s guilt of these unspeakable crimes was overwhelming.”

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