CONFIRMED: Jennifer Hudson to ID nephew’s body
Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson is
at on her way to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office ID’ing the body that top FBI officials have told the AP they believe is her nephew 7-year-old Julian King. Meanwhile, the Chicago Tribune is reporting the boy was shot several times inside the SUV where his body was found. The suspect William Balfour’s clothing is being tested for gunshot residue:
The body was found in the back seat of the white Chevrolet Suburban police were looking for in their search for 7-year-old Julian King, three days after Jennifer Hudson’s mother and brother were found shot to death in the mother’s house in Englewood.
Law enforcement sources said that the boy was shot multiple times in the back of the vehicle. Police are testing the clothing of a man in custody for gunshot residue.
It was found by a 75-year-old who lives on the block, John Louden. He said he has lived on the block for 18 years and worried about people selling drugs in the abandoned building behind it. He saw the SUV while walking his dog. After a double-take, he realized the license plate matched the one police were looking for.
“I didn’t look in there. I didn’t touch it. I knew it was a strange vehicle,” Louden said. He said police showed up in about five minutes after his wife called them. They discovered the child inside. The body was removed and the SUV was towed away for evidence processing. “I feel bad about that baby,” Louden said.
If the boy is identified as Julian King, it will confirm detectives’ worst fears because a law enforcement source said bullet casings were found in the boy’s room on Friday. But the source said they had not found other evidence of violence in the room.
The Tribune also revealed details about William Balfour’s arrest who claims to be innocent. However, his girlfriend has already contradicted his alibi:
Balfour has denied involvement in the killings or the disappearance of the boy, law-enforcement sources said. But at some point, Balfour stopped talking to authorities, sources told the Tribune.
On Sunday morning, Balfour was transferred to a state facility after officials said he violated conditions of parole for a 1999 conviction for attempted murder. On Sunday, Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Januari Smith said Balfour violated his parole because he is a suspect in the slayings and the boy’s disappearance.
According to law-enforcement sources, Balfour’s alibi the day of the killings has been contradicted by his girlfriend.
A press conference is scheduled within the next hour or so after the family ID’s the body. I’ll update this post once there’s a confirmation.
UPDATE: Police have confirmed to the Hudson family that the body is Julian King, according to the Chicago Tribune. The family has just now arrived to the medical examiner’s office and the delay is understandable. A recent report from TMZ says the boy was shot in the head. I mean, Jesus, as if this situation wasn’t fucked enough. It’s a shitty world out there, folks. Hug your kids today if you haven’t already.