The 911 call made by Jennifer Hudson's sister following the discovery of her mother's body, has been released following a media request.
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Julia Hudson lost her mother, brother and son on October 24, 2008 following a dispute with her former boyfriend, William Balfour that turned violent. Balfour retaliated against Hudson after she refused to a reconciliation with him and instead, began to date another man.
Balfour is now facing charges for the 2008 slayings, a case which has garnered serious media attention due to its connections with actress and singer Jennifer Hudson.
Julia Hudson returned home from work to discover a bullet hole in the front door and her mother shot dead, lying on the floor. Reports confirm that Hudson immediately exited the house and placed a 911 call.
"Somebody killed my mother," Hudson cried into the phone. "Somebody killed my mother."
"Somebody killed your mother?" the dispatcher responded.
"Please help me," she responds. "Please sir."
When asked by the dispatcher if she wants an ambulance, Hudson appears to be unsure and admits that she is afraid.
"I don't know," she answered. "I am scared."
The 911 call was not initially released because many have feared a mistrial would result, due to the case's connection with famous singer Jennifer Hudson. Hudson has insisted that she would attend trial proceedings on a daily basis.
Hudson became famous after losing American Idol only to be later cast in "Dream Girls" for which she won an Oscar award. Since then the singer and actress has drawn an impressive following, but some commentators are saying that her fame will draw too much attention, and could be too much power for the court room, and as a result have an effect on the proceedings.
"Star power always matters. The prosecutor wants her there and the defense does not want her there," criminal defense attorney Troy Slaten, who is not involved in the case, told E! News. "The jury could be looking at her reactions, if she is crying, how she reacts to certain testimony. They are going to be very aware of her presence."
While the jury has been carefully selected and asked many questions, some which pertain to their familiarity with the star in order to ensure a fair trial, Hudson's mere presence may cause a mistrial, commentators have said.
"The risk is that jurors may be watching her rather than testifying witnesses, and they could be influenced by how she reacts," Gerald Uelmen, a defense attorney at O.J. Simpson's murder trial, told the Huffington Post. "She would be well advised not to engage in any facial expressions or outbursts. That could be grounds for a mistrial."