The trial has finally begun today for the 2008 murders of Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and baby nephew. There have been rumors Jen will testify, but nothing has been confirmed. More details below. Stay strong, mama!

Marisa Mendez

William Balfour stands accused of the slaughter, and prosecutors believe the trigger for the carnage was a balloon gift for Julia Hudson, Balfour’s ex and Jennifer’s sister. Prosecutors say Balfour thought the gift was from Julia’s new boyfriend and it sent him into a blind rage.

Opening statements are set for today. Hudson is on the witness list but it’s unclear if she’ll testify.