Countering the defense's claim that Jenifer Hudson's mother, brother and seven year old nephew were killed in a drug deal gone wrong, Jason Hudson's best friend testifies that accused killer William Balfour was Jason's only enemy...
From The Chicago Tribune
A maintenance man who grew up with singer Jennifer Hudson's family on Chicago's South Side testified Thursday that he could think of only one man who would have wanted to harm Hudson's brother: William Balfour.
Balfour, on trial on charges he killed Hudson's brother, mother and nephew, sat expressionless at the defense table as Kent Williams testified. The prosecution witness recounted his relationship with his best friend, Hudson's brother, Jason, who was a drug dealer but also a popular fixture in the neighborhood. He was known for paying people to run errands and throwing lavish barbecues for everyone on the block in Englewood, he said.
Dressed in a black leather jacket and white T-shirt, Williams, 27, testified in a deep baritone, sometimes lapsing into slang that was difficult to decipher. He said Jason Hudson sold only modest amounts of cocaine called "dime bags," paid cash for his supply and did not owe anyone money.
When Assistant State's Attorney James McKay asked if Jason Hudson had any enemies, Williams pointed toward Balfour and snapped, "Besides that cat sittin' over there, no." Chuckles rippled through the courtroom.