Jennifer Hudson listened with her head down and eyes closed as a police officer testified Tuesday about finding her mother’s body in a pool of blood in the living room.
As prosecutors introduced evidence about the murder scene, Hudson sat next to her fiancé in the Chicago courtroom while Sgt. David Dowling also described finding the bloodied body of Hudson’s brother in bed.
Later, Hudson left the courtroom with her sister, Julia, avoiding the testimony of a forensic investigator who identified crime-scene photos that showed the bodies.
The grisly testimony came in the second day of the trial of Hudson’s former brother-in-law, William Balfour, charged with fatally shooting her mother Darnell Donerson, brother Jason Hudson and 7-year-old nephew Julian King in 2008.
The Oscar-winning actress was the first witness on Monday, breaking down on the stand as she told the jury that the family had warned Julia against marrying Balfour because he treated her badly.
Sgt. Dowling testified that Hudson’s mother was found in the South Side Chicago house with gunshot wounds to the back and that her brother had a gunshot wound to the head.
A search for the then-missing nephew ended three days later with the boy’s body being found in an SUV, another witness testified.