The story as published in today's Chicago Tribune Online. My comments will follow:
A child's body was found in the vehicle police were looking for in their search for 7-year-old Julian King, the missing nephew of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson. The 1994 white Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license plate X584859 was found in the 1300 block of South Kolin Avenue around 8 a.m. Live TV shots showed a white Chevrolet Suburban being towed away. The Cook County medical examiner's office has sent investigators to the scene and said the body of a black boy was found inside, an office spokesman said. The child had not been identified. A Chicago police spokesman released no information about the discovery.
Julian was reported missing and an Amber Alert was issued Friday after his grandmother and uncle were found shot to death inside the family's home in the 7000 block of South Yale Avenue. Chicago police have interviewed William Balfour, 27, the estranged husband of the boy's mother, Julia Hudson. He was initially described by police as a suspect in the investigation. Balfour has denied involvement in the killings or the disappearance of the boy, law-enforcement sources said. But at some point, Balfour stopped talking to authorities, sources told the Tribune. On Sunday morning, Balfour was transferred to a state facility after officials said he violated conditions of parole for a 1999 conviction for attempted murder. On Sunday, Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Januari Smith said Balfour violated his parole because he is a suspect in the slayings and the boy's disappearance. According to law-enforcement sources, Balfour's alibi the day of the killings has been contradicted by his girlfriend. Balfour was arrested at the woman's Southwest Side home Friday night. Balfour and Julia Hudson had been separated for some time, his family members said. A family friend said Balfour recently had threatened to take Julian away.
A family member of the girlfriend's said police have interviewed her. Police also tracked Balfour's whereabouts Friday through his cell phone, sources said. Also on Sunday, Jennifer Hudson, who gained stardom after appearing on "American Idol," and then won an Academy Award for the movie "Dreamgirls," offered a $100,000 reward for the return of her nephew.
Dan Blake and Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Chicago Tribune
Now here's what I think. I think that Balfour did it. I know it's quick to rush to judgement, but his record and the contradition of his alibi pretty much speak loud and clear. (Update: Chicago Police report that they tracked Balfour's whereabouts on Friday through his cell phone. Dumb ass, didn't you think that you can be tracked through your cell phone? GPS is a b****, isn't it?) And I'm not a violent person, but "an eye for an eye" seems pretty reasonable right about now. Yes, put the needle in his arm - or better yet, do we still have the electric chair?
My heart and prayers go out to the Hudson family - especially since I went to high school with Jennifer's sister, Julia.
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