A Cook County judge on Monday released tape of a chilling 911 call placed by Jennifer Hudson's sister in 2008, after discovering her murdered mother in the family's South Side home.
The disturbing tape was played in court last week, and Judge Charles P. Burns agreed to release it to the public.
“Somebody killed my mother. Please help me,” a clearly distraught Julia Hudson told 911 dispatchers. “My momma. My momma.”
(LISTEN to the tape above)
Hudson told dispatchers that she found her mother's lifeless body when she returned home from work. She also said there was a bullet hole in her front door. As the call progresses, Julia Hudson mentions that she also does not know where her brother or son are.
The bodies of Darnell Donerson, 57, and her brother Jason Hudson, 29, were found in the home in the 7000 block of South Yale. Julia Hudson's 7-year-old son, Julian King, was found dead in an SUV on the West Side three days after the slayings on Yale.
William Balfour, Julia's ex-husband, has been charged in the slayings.
Last week, Balfour's mistress told jurors that he admitted to killing Donerson and Jason Hudson, but denied having anything to do with Julian's murder.
Prosecutors claim Balfour targeted the family in a horrific act of vindictiveness against his ex-wife. They believe he became enraged by balloons he saw at the home that he thought were from her new boyfriend.
Defense attorneys have said the killing could be connected to alleged drug dealing by Hudson's brother.
Prosecutors contend Balfour went inside the three-story house around 9 a.m. and shot Hudson's mother and brother. Investigators allege he then drove off in Jason Hudson's sport utility vehicle with 7-year-old Julian inside, and later shot the boy in the head as he lay behind a front seat.
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson took the witness stand for about 30 minutes last week in sometimes tearful testimony. Hudson, who was in Florida at the time of the shootings, testified that she was dismayed when she learned in 2006 that her sister was going to marry Balfour, whom she said she always disliked.
If convicted of at least two of the murder counts, Balfour would face a mandatory life sentence.
The Hudson Family Murders
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