Hudson Murder Suspect to Stay Behind Bars
updated 11/10/2008 AT 12:15 PM EST
•originally published 11/10/2008 AT 09:15 AM EST
Balfour, 27, who is Hudson's brother-in-law, has not been charged in the triple slayings, but he remains the only person police have named in the case. He was picked up by police on Oct. 24 – the day the bodies of Hudson's mother Darnell Donerson, 57, and brother Jason Hudson, 29, were discovered – for violating the terms of his release for a 1999 conviction on attempted murder and carjacking charges.
Donerson and Jason Hudson were found at the family's home on Chicago's South Side. The body of Julian Hudson, the 7-year-old son of Jennifer Hudson's sister, Julia, was found three days later in the back seat of Jason's Chevrolet Suburban.
Police have linked all three murders to a handgun found about a block from the abandoned SUV. The parole board cited a report by Balfour's current girlfriend that she has seen him with a weapon identical to the gun used in the slayings, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Meanwhile, Balfour's estranged wife, Julia, paid tribute to her mother – who would have turned 58 on Nov. 7 – with a MySpace message that reads, "Happy Birthday Mama!!!!!"
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