Hudson Tragedy Suspect To Stay In Prison

12/11/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A suspect in the murders of actress Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew will remain in prison as police proceed with their investigation of the killings.

After a brief hearing this morning, the Illinois Prisoner Review Board decided there was sufficient reason to believe William Balfour had violated his parole in another matter ‹ including being where drugs were sold.

Board chairman Jorge Montes also said a witness reported seeing Balfour with a gun that matches the description of the .45-caliber weapon used to kill Hudson's relatives.

Another hearing was set for Dec. 3.

No one has been charged in the shootings, but authorities have called Balfour, 27, a "person of interest."

He was out on parole for a 1999 attempted murder conviction at the time of the shootings. Balfour is the estranged husband of Hudson's sister, Julia.

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The Hudson family held a private funeral service for all three relatives last week.

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