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Justice has been served.
This afternoon, a jury rightfully found Jennifer Hudson's former brother-in-law William Balfour guilty of murdering her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.
While the verdict was read, Jennifer sat between her fiance and sister, crying silently as Balfour was convicted of all charges. While her fiance held her hand, Jennifer's sister shared a brief, but noticeable moment with her, while her ex-husband was escorted back to prison. Balfour showed no sign of remorse or sadness while the verdict was read.
According to his lawyer, however, Balfour is "disappointed" by this decision handed down by the jury, but everyone involved with his case hopes that the "appellate court will take a look at this case with a very critical eye."
We have no doubt they will … just like we have no doubt that they will come back with the same decision as the jury did today.
Jennifer and her family opted not to talk to the press immediately following the verdict, but did release this statement soon after, saying:
"We have felt the love and support from people all over the world and we're very grateful. We want to extend a prayer from the Hudson family to the Balfour family. We have all suffered terrible loss in this tragedy. It is our prayer that the Lord will forgive Mr. Balfour of these heinous acts and bring his heart into repentance someday."
Amen to that.
Of course, even though Balfour will pay for his crimes, nothing can ever replace Jennifer's family or fill the gaping void left behind by them. We just hope that in time, Jennifer, Julia and the whole Hudson family will find some peace.
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