Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson knew something was wrong on the morning her mother and brother were found slain at their Chicago, Illinois home in 2008 because her mum had failed to make her daily phone call to the star.
The Oscar winner was left devastated by the horrific murders of her mum Darnell, brother Jason and seven-year-old nephew Julian King and Hudson's estranged brother-in-law, William Balfour, was later arrested and charged with the killings.
Hudson has spoken little about the triple tragedy, but new court papers filed by detectives last week (ends26Feb12) have revealed details about interviews conducted with the star in the immediate aftermath of the murders.
In the police interviews, Hudson told cops she felt something was not right on the morning on 24 October, 2008 when she called and texted her mother and did not get a response. Her mum and brother were found shot to death hours later, while her nephew was reported missing.
According to the documents, Hudson offered up an undisclosed cash reward to help authorities locate the child, only for his body to be discovered three days later in an abandoned Suv (Sports Utility Vehicle).
The police chats also detail Hudson's history with Balfour - she told police she had known him for years as they attended the same elementary school. However, their families fell out when Balfour, who had reportedly been jailed as a young teen, began dating Hudson's sister Julia. The couple wed in secret in 2006.
The singer told cops she was saddened by the marriage news because Balfour had never treated her sister well. She also recalled how he had once barged into Julia's workplace and threatened to kill her over fears she was having an affair with a colleague.
Balfour will soon stand trial on first degree murder charges and prosecutors have added the Grammy and Oscar winner's name to their list of potential witnesses. It is not yet known if Hudson will be forced to come face-to-face with Balfour when trial proceedings get underway on 9 April (12).