30-minute defense in Hudson family murder trial

Associated Press Modified: May 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm •  Published: May 8, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) — The man accused of killing three of Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson's relatives did not take the stand and his attorneys put on a mere 30-minute defense Tuesday, calling just two detectives in a bid to suggest they botched the 2008 investigation.

The brief defense followed a two-week presentation by prosecutors, who called 83 witnesses, including Hudson herself, as they sought to prove William Balfour shot the star's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew in a fit of jealous rage. Balfour, 30, is Hudson's former brother-in-law.

Hudson was in court Tuesday as she was every day for testimony. Wearing a beige blouse, pants and high heels, she looked more relaxed than usual — smiling once as a prosecutor cross-examined one witness. Hudson was the first witness called, testifying about the last time she saw her family.

Prosecutors wrapped up their case earlier Tuesday after showing pictures of Hudson's nephew, Julian King, whom the actress and singer testified she endearingly called, Tugga Bear. He was found in an SUV, shot in the head, covered by a shower curtain and surrounded by shell casings, officers testified.

The detectives called by the defense had testified earlier for prosecutors. Defense attorney Cynthia Brown pressed Gregory Jacobson about a 2008 report where he wrote a witness saw the SUV in which King's body was found about 6 p.m. a day after the murders. He told prosecutors the witness saw it about 6 a.m. The officer said he made a mistake in the original report.

The other detective, Thomas Kelly, conceded he hadn't listed keys found on Balfour in a report weeks after the killings. Another item not mentioned was Balfour's unused transit card, evidence that prosecutors say discredited Balfour's alibi that he had taken a subway train the day of the murders.

"It's not an all-encompassing report," Kelly told jurors.