Jennifer Hudson breaks down during murder trial

By MICHAEL TARM,Associated Press Updated at 2012-04-23 18:12:44 +0000


CHICAGO (AP) — Jennifer Hudson has broken down in tears while on the witness stand at the trial of the man accused of killing her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.

Hudson began crying Monday when a prosecutor asked her about the last time she saw her family. She said she last saw them the Sunday before the October 2008 slayings.

Her voice broke again as a prosecutor handed her a picture of her mother.

Prosecutors say William Balfour killed the Oscar winner's family after becoming enraged that Hudson's sister, his estranged wife, had begun dating someone else. Balfour has pleaded not guilty

Earlier, Hudson struggled to hold back tears as she told jurors her family had not wanted her sister to marry Balfour.