Wednesday 17 January 2018

911 tape of Jennifer Hudson's sister when she found their mother murdered is released

Julia Hudson (left), sister of singer and actress Jennifer Hudson (right) and William Balfour. Photo: AP
Julia Hudson (left), sister of singer and actress Jennifer Hudson (right) and William Balfour. Photo: AP
Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson speaks in Chicago on Monday
William Balfour is charged in the murders of the mother, brother and nephew of Oscar winner and singer Jennifer Hudson.
Julia Hudson and Jennifer Hudson attend the 1st annual Julian D. King Gift Foundation Hatch Day celebration at De La Salle Institute on August 14, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.
A 2008 file photo of a memorial outside the Chicago home of Darnell Donerson, who along with her son, Jason Hudson, were shot dead.
William Balfour who is charged in the murders of the mother, brother and nephew of Jennifer Hudson.

MOMENTS after finding her mother's body, the sister of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson pleaded for help in a disturbing recording of her emergency call released to the media.

"Oh my God ... Somebody's killed my mother," Julia Hudson says, while a dispatcher tries to get her to calm down and repeat her address. "She's on the floor and I see blood coming from her head."



A judge in Chicago released the tape after a request by the Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times Media and The Associated Press. The tape was played in open court last week during the trial of William Balfour, who is accused of killing the actress' mother, brother and seven-year-old nephew.



Prosecutors tried to bar the tape's release because of the sensitive nature of the case and because the jury has not begun deliberating.



But Cook County Judge Charles Burns noted in his ruling that the jury has been warned not to watch or read news reports about the case. Burns said there's no evidence Balfour's due process rights would be harmed.



On the tape, Julia Hudson begs a dispatcher for help after finding her mother shot dead inside the family's home on Chicago's South Side.



Hudson's horror and confusion are apparent on the tape as she wonders aloud, "Where my brother at? What happened?"



She also cries in panic that she doesn't know the location of her son, seven-year-old Julian.



"I don't know where Julian is or nothing and I'm here by myself," she says. She tells the dispatcher she "just got home from work" and "there's a bullet hole in our front door."



Balfour has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in the October 2008 killings.



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