Judge orders release of Hudson family 911 tapes

HomicideJennifer HudsonWilliam BalfourJason HudsonCrime, Law and JusticeJustice SystemChicago Tribune

On Monday, a judge ordered the release of the 911 phone call recordings from the day Jennifer Hudson's three family members were killed.

A motion was filed by the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets for the release of the 911 tapes from that day in October of 2008.

The calls requested were the 911 recordings that have already been played before the 18 jurors in the murder trial of William Balfour. The release includes the recording of the 911 call Julia Hudson made after discovering her mother's body. Jennifer Hudson's sister had just returned from work to find a bullet hole in the front door and her mother on the floor, lifeless and bloody. She ran out of the house and called 911, not realizing her brother, Jason Hudson, also was dead inside the house or that her 7-year-old son, Julian, was missing.

"Somebody killed my mother," she cries into the phone. "Somebody killed my mother."

"Somebody killed your mother?" the dispatcher asks.

"Please help me," she responds. "Please sir."

The dispatcher asks Julia Hudson if she wants an ambulance and she initially is unsure.

"I don't know," she answers. "I am scared."

Balfour, 30, is charged with killing Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, her brother, Jason Hudson, and 7-year-old nephew, Julian King. Balfour is charged with three counts of first degree murder and one count of home invasion. He's the estranged husband of Hudson's sister, Julia.

Cook County Prosecutors say Balfour was upset over Julia's relationship with another man. They say had also threatened to kill members of the family at least two dozen times before the murders.

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