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There is no forensic evidence linking William Balfour to the killings, his lawyer says.

5:36 AM EDT      Thu May 10, 2012

Jurors will resume deliberations at 10 a.m. ET Thursday in the trial of a man accused of killing the mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew of entertainer Jennifer Hudson.

William Balfour, Hudson’s former brother-in-law, faces charges of first-degree murder, home invasion, residential burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle. He has pleaded not guilty, and his lawyer has argued there is no forensic evidence linking him to the killings.

Heated closing arguments Wednesday set a tense tone in the courtroom before the judge sent the 12 jurors into deliberations.

The singer-actress kept her head down during much of Cook County Prosecutor Jennifer Bagby’s closing argument.

Hudson first witness in murder trial

After showing autopsy photos of the victims, Bagby pointed toward Balfour.

“It’s time to hold him responsible,” she said.

“They have failed to prove their case,” Balfour’s attorney Amy Thompson said Wednesday during her closing argument, her voice rising. “He is on trial for his life.”

Thompson argued that police homed in on Balfour rather than conducting a full investigation.

“In their mind, this wasn’t a whodunnit,” she said.

No DNA evidence points to Balfour, said Thompson, who also questioned police work in the case, describing a set of keys that she said surfaced on an evidence list a month after the slayings.

“Those keys show how desperate the state was. They resorted to this. … My client is an innocent man,” she said.

But prosecutors argued that physical and circumstantial evidence links Balfour to the killings and described as “absurd” defense claims that police may have planted evidence or been part of a conspiracy to frame Balfour.

Prosecutor Jim McKay told jurors that there was a “tsunami of circumstantial evidence.”

“The circumstantial facts of this case are drowning this guy in guilt,” he said.

Bagby said in her closing argument that Balfour had threatened to kill the family of Julia Hudson, Jennifer Hudson’s sister.

“If you leave me, I’ll kill you. I’ll kill your family first. You’ll be the last to die,” he had said, according to Bagby.

“He went in that house for one reason, and one reason only, to carry out that threat,” Bagby told jurors.

Balfour is accused of fatally shooting Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, and the singer’s brother, Jason Hudson, 29, in their Chicago home in October 2008. The body of Hudson’s 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, was found three days later in an abandoned vehicle.

Prosecutors have portrayed Balfour as a jealous man who murdered the three people in a rage at the thought that his wife had a boyfriend.

In her closing argument, Bagby said Balfour shot Hudson’s mother as she tried to defend herself with a broom.

“He fired that gun at her over and over and over,” Bagby said.

McKay called Balfour “a true coward.”

“He shoots a 57-year-old grandmother in the back. He shoots a 29-year-old man in his sleep. He shoots a 7-year-old twice in the head,” McKay told jurors. “The family, the community, the city, the country demand justice.”

There have been 83 witnesses and 11 days of testimony in the trial.

Hudson, who was on hand through the trial, was called as the prosecution’s first witness. She broke down in tears several times on the stand as she recalled her family.

“None of us wanted her to marry him,” Hudson said of her sister’s decision to marry Balfour. “We did not like how he treated her.

“Where he was, I tried not to be,” she said.

The deaths took place a year after Hudson, who rose to fame as a contestant on “American Idol,” won an Oscar for her role in the movie “Dreamgirls.”

In a recent interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Hudson reflected on the life of her mother.

“My mother was a very wise and strong person. I feel like she raised us well, and she prepared me well, and so that’s what I live by,” she said.

Her career has continued to blossom and remains varied since her relatives’ deaths.

Recent milestones include penning a memoir detailing her struggles with her weight; being cast as Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife, Winnie, in an upcoming movie; releasing a new album; and singing a well-received tribute to Whitney Houston at the Grammy Awards in February.

from:  http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/10/justice/illinois-hudson-murder-trial/index.html

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

William Balfour

5933914 2136639            64

 

his path of destiny = 64 = Solitary confinement.

Ten of Swords Tarot card 

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8:49 p.m. CDT, August 3, 2011 

Taking a brief hometown respite Wednesday night, President Barack Obamaused a 50th birthday bash in Uptown to raise re-election money from a friendly crowd as he sought to recharge a presidency showing signs of scars from Washington’s partisan battles.The president told supporters at the Aragon Entertainment Center that the nation doesn’t have time to “play these partisan games.”

“I hope we can avoid another self-inflicted wound like we saw over the last couple weeks,” Obama said of the recent debt-ceiling gridlock.

Although Obama doesn’t turn 50 until Thursday, his visit symbolized presidentially and politically a need to turn the corner following weeks of bruising debate over raising the nation’s debt ceiling and cutting the country’s deficit.

It wasn’t until Tuesday, the deadline for the nation’s borrowing ability to expire, that he was able to finally sign a deal into law. By then, the president’s job approval ratings had tumbled and he faced criticism that Democrats had compromised too greatly by accepting Republican demands for spending cuts without getting new revenues in return.

The toll of that fight on Obama’s presidency, particularly in light of his 2008 election mantra of change in Washington, gave a special emphasis to what has become a standard in his early re-election campaign — a request for patience.

“It’s been a long, tough year. But we have made some incredible strides together. Yes, we have. But the thing we all have to remember is, as much good as we’ve done, precisely because the challenges were so daunting, precisely because we were inheriting so many challenges, that we’re not even halfway there yet,” he said.

“Now, when I said change we can believe it, I didn’t say, ‘Change we can believe in tomorrow.’ Not, ‘Change we can believe in next week,’ “ he said. “We knew this was going to take time because we’ve got this big, messy tough democracy.”

Returning to Chicago for the first time since April, Obama stepped off Air Force One at O’Hare International Airport and shared a hug with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the president’s former chief of staff. Then it was off to two fundraisers on the North Side.

Obama arrived at a dimly lit and sticky warm concert hall as Herbie Hancock performed. Some of the estimated 2,400 people in attendance, who paid at least $50, wore cone-shaped birthday hats with the number “50” and the campaign’s logo. Obama capped the evening with a dinner of 100 donors who paid $35,800 apiece and apiece and got a slice of a two-layer birthday cake from Eli’s, one layer chocolate, the other carrot cake.

Before that, Obama talked via teleconference to more than 1,100 “house parties” organized by his re-election campaign. The parties served as both a place to celebrate Obama’s birthday and to conduct strategic re-election organizing.

Meanwhile, the main crowd in Chicago was entertained by singer-actor Jennifer Hudson, the hometown band OK Go, and Hancock. Hudson led the audience in singing “Happy Birthday” as Obama, without a suit coat, came on stage.

Obama nodded to the debate in Washington over potential cuts to Medicare, the federal health-care program for seniors, as part of future deficit reduction talks.

“It is true I turn 50 tomorrow, which means that by the time I wake up I’ll have an e-mail from AARP asking me to call President Obama and tell him to protect Medicare,” he joked, citing nation’s largest lobbying organization for seniors.

But even in friendly Chicago, Obama faced inevitable protests.

Across the street from the Aragon, about four dozen people protested what they said are aggressive deportation policies against illegal immigrants. They crowded around a cardboard birthday cake on which “Happy birthday, Deportation President” was scrawled while one waved a sign, “We hoped for better.”

Republicans preemptively mocked Obama’s visit before he arrived, noting that in a nation with a troubling jobless rate and uncertain economy, the president was out raising campaign cash.

“Right now, our economy’s in the ditch. We’re spending more money than we can afford. We’ve lost 2.5 million jobs since this president’s taken office, yet the only job Barack Obama seems to be concerned with is his own,” said Reince Priebus, the national Republican chairman, on a conference call with reporters.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican presidential contender, also weighed in with a video jab.

The campaign video contrasted a crowded and joyous Grant Park for Obama’s election night victory in 2008 with an empty Grant Park with a biting-sounding wind blowing loudly. Statistics pointed out the city’s struggles with the economy and unemployment.

Emanuel defended his former boss from Romney’s criticism.

“I’d just like to note to the governor, in case he needs a rendezvous with his record, when he was governor, Massachusetts (lagged behind) in job production,” said Emanuel, at a news conference unrelated to Obama’s visit. “In case he forgot that, I’d like to remind him of that.”

 
 
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Jennifer Kate Hudson was born on September 12th, 1981 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Hudson

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