Jennifer Hudson breaks down during murder trial testimony

April 23, 2012

The Associated Press

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Documents pertaining to the William Balfour murder trial are brought to the Cook County Criminal Court on the first day of the of the trial. Balfour is charged in the 2008 murder of Oscar winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew in Chicago, Monday, April 23, 2012.

Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson left the witness stand and took a seat in the courtroom before the trial of the man accused of killing her mother, brother and nephew broke for lunch.

Hudson testified for about 30 minutes Monday at the start of William Balfour's murder trial. She started answering questions calmly but became emotional the longer it went on.

Balfour has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in the 2008 slayings. He was married to Hudson's sister at the time but they were estranged.

Prosecutors allege that Balfour killed the victims in a jealous rage because his estranged wife had a new boyfriend.