By Jason Meisner and Stacy St. Clair
For the second day in a row, Jennifer Hudson stayed out of the courtroom as graphic images of her slain nephew were shown to jurors.
Her former brother-in-law William Balfour , on trial on charges he murdered the singer’s mother, brother and 7 year-old-nephew in an act of jealousy toward Hudson’s sister, dabbed his eyes with a tissue today as autopsy photos of 7-year-old Julian King flashed on a large screen.
As the images were shown, Cook County Deputy Medical Examiner Mitra Kalelkar told jurors that Julian had been shot twice in the head as he lay face-down in the back of an SUV. The fatal blow entered through the back of his head and exited through the left side of his face, she said.
Julian, 7, had been taken from the Hudson family home shortly after his grandmother, Darnell Donerson, and his uncle, Jason Hudson, had been killed, prosecutors say. He was driven to the West Side and shot there.
He was found three days later in the back of Jason Hudson’s stolen SUV. Julian, who had been off from the school that day, was covered with a shower curtain, wearing two white T-shirts, black shorts and flip flops.