Yesterday William Balfour pleaded not guilty for the murders of members of Jennifer Hudson’s family – Darnell Donerson, Jason Hudson, and Julian King. Balfour was indicted last month for three counts of murder.
The murders are believed by investigators to have happened after Balfour had a fight with his estranged wife Julia, who is Jennifer Hudson’s sister.
Balfour is scheduled for a court date of January 27th, and is currently being held at Illinois Department of Corrections.
Actor Lillo Brancato Jr, who starred in a few early episodes of The Sopranos and co-starred alongside Robert DeNiro in A Bronx Tale, has been found guilty on charges of attempted burglary.
The criminal case stems back to 2005, when Brancato and his friend Steven Armento broke into a man’s home looking for Valium. Brancato said during his trial that the home’s owner gave them permission to stop by whenever they wanted some pills.
The criminal activity took a tragic turn when during the break-in Daniel Enchautegui, a cop that lived next door, came by to investigate. Armento shot the off-duty cop in the chest, who died at the scene. Enchautegui shot both Brancato and Armento several times before dying. Armento was found guilty of murder in November, and was sentenced to life in prison.
While Brancato was found guilty of attempted burglary, he was acquitted on two other burglary counts and a murder charge. Brancato could face up to 15 years for the attempted burglary charge.
Yesterday Mark David Chapman, who murdered John Lennon on the streets of New York City outside his apartment, was denied parole for the fifth time, and must now serve two more years in Attica before his next parole hearing.
Although the parole board noted that Chapman has had a clean record in the prison since 1994, they stated that his release “would not be in the best interest of the community.”