News: Suspect's Lawyer In Jennifer Hudson Murder Case Quits
Monday, Feb 23, 2009 5:14PM
The attorney for William Balfour, main suspect in the murders of Jennifer Hudson's family, has decided to withdraw from the case.
The decision was made Monday (February 23) afternoon.
Joshua Kutnick said he believes William Balfour is innocent but cannot financially support such a high-profile case alone. "It's the kind of case that involves intense hours," Kutnick said after speaking with Balfour's mother. "I was gathering all resources, but I couldn't finance it." Balfour, 27, is expected to be appointed a lawyer from the public defender's later this afternoon, Kutnick said. (Chicago Sun-Times)
His decision comes a month after being given permission to move Balfour to a prison closer to him.
He can be moved to a Chicago jail to make it easier for his attorney to meet with him. That's the ruling from Cook County Judge Marjorie Laws, who granted the motion Tuesday from William Balfour's attorney. The judge set Feb. 23 as the next hearing in the case. (Associated Press)
Balfour has been locked up for nearly two months.
He has been held at Stateville Correctional Center near Joliet, Illinois, since his arrest in December, but his attorney will ask a judge to move the suspect to the Cook County Jail to make it easier to consult with him. "I'm very hopeful," defense attorney Joshua Kutick said before Tuesday's hearing. (CNN)
He pleaded not guilty to murder charges in mid-January.
The man accused of killing three members of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson's family has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and home invasion. William Balfour entered his plea at Cook County Criminal Court after nodding to members of his family gathered in the courtroom. Balfour is being held without bond. His attorney, Joshua Kutnick, says he plans to ask that Balfour be moved from a state prison to Cook County Jail to make it easier to consult with him. (SOHH)
Balfour is related to Hudson as an in-law.
Balfour is the estranged husband of Jennifer Hudson's sister, Julia Hudson. He's charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of the sisters' mother, Darnell Donerson, their brother, Jason Hudson, and Julia Hudson's 7-year-old son, Julian King. Balfour is also facing home invasion charges and is being held without bond. (Fort Mill Times)