Student Says Hudson Murder Suspect Tried To Skip Town

Student Says Hudson Murder Suspect Tried To Skip Town

Published November 21, 2008

Posted Nov. 21, 2008 – The only person who police have publicly connected with the Jennifer Hudson family murder case reportedly sought a temporary hideout the day of the killings.

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Mississippi college student Rashia Whitlock tells investigators that William Balfour, Hudson’s estranged brother-in-law, called Oct. 24 at 4 a.m. Balfour said he and his “boys” were “getting ready for something real big that’s going to go down tomorrow,” Whitlock tells The Chicago Sun-Times.   Balfour asked Whitlock if he could visit Whitlock in Mississippi, but she says she refused.

Whitlock also said Balfour, who she met on MySpace, asked her whether she knew Jennifer Hudson and, more ominously, if Whitlock could be "loyal,” according to

Several hours after the reported phone call, Hudson ’s mom and brother were found shot to death at their Chicago home. A week later, the singer’s nephew was also found murdered in an SUV.

Balfour has been in state custody on suspicion of having violated probation since the week of the shootings. He has denied any involvement in the crimes.

Written by BET-Staff


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