Jennifer Hudson: Forgiveness & Prayer After Murder Trial Verdict

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The singer and her family have a commendable and emotional reaction to Balfour's conviction.

Oscar winner and American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson was the first to testify in the trial against her former brother-in-law, William Balfour, and on Friday, a verdict was finally reached.

Hudson and her sister Julia got vindication for an early Mother's Day present when, after 18 hours of deliberation, 31-year-old Balfour was convicted of three counts of murder for shooting Hudson's mother Darnell Donerson, brother Jason Hudson and 7-year-old nephew Julian King in 2008. Jennifer Hudson Breaks Down During Heartbreaking Family Trial

According to People, Balfour—who was estranged from Julia at the time—was supposedly in a jealous rage over a potential new male in Julia's life. 

When Jennifer Hudson, 31, first testified during the trial, she managed to say through tears, "None of us, myself, my mother, or my brother, we did not like how (Balfour) treated her, and I didn't like how he treated my nephew." 

He now faces a sentence of life in prison.

Upon hearing the verdict, Hudson and her sister said in a statement: "We have many people to thank but our first thank you is to God, always ... We have felt the love and support from people all over the world and we're very grateful."

"We want to extend a prayer from the Hudson family to the Balfour family," they added. "We have all suffered terrible loss in this tragedy ... It is our prayer that the Lord will forgive Mr. Balfour of these heinous acts and bring his heart into repentance someday." 7 Steps to Forgiveness ( EXPERT)

We don't know how they have transcended this kind of pain, but we hope Hudson and her sister Julia can move forward in their lives and continue to be positive forces in the world.

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