Mayor Daley said today he’s “not proud” of the fact that Chicago is the homicide capital of the nation, but he said the slayings of Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew could not have been prevented.
“We’re not proud of it. But, you don’t hide it. You don’t take the statistics, all the facts and say it didn’t happen. It happens,” Daley said, apparently referring to past attempts to re-classify homicides to hold down the murder rate.
“We’ll get it down next year. We’ll get it down. We’ll do things differently. But, this [Hudson family] crime could never have been prevented, unfortunately.”
Except for the pesky fact that the prime suspect in the murders should NEVER have been out on the street:
Did the suspect in the killings of actress Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew fail to meet his anger-management requirements stemming from a decade-old felony conviction?
A Nov. 10 hearing at Stateville prison will decide if there’s probable cause to violate William Balfour’s parole for a 1999 attempted murder and vehicular hijacking conviction. He’s not charged in the killings, but police have named him as a suspect. He’ll remain in prison until his parole hearing.
Balfour served almost seven years in prison for the 1999 conviction. His parole lasts until May.
“He’s got some substantive alleged violations, including did he abide by terms of substance-abuse counseling and did he abide by anger-manager counseling,” said Jose Montes, chairman of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board.
Also, Balfour missed a meeting with his parole agent Friday — the day Hudson’s mother and brother were slain and her nephew went missing. The nephew, Julian King, 7, was found dead in a van Monday. On the phone, Balfour told the agent he was “baby-sitting on the West Side,” according to documents obtained by the Sun-Times.
On June 19, police arrested Balfour for possession of 1 gram of cocaine in the 7000 block of South Princeton, but state officials decided not to terminate his parole. A judge dismissed the drug case July 16 and Balfour received a verbal reprimand from his parole officer July 25, records show.
“A mere arrest in and of itself is not necessarily a violation of parole,” Montes said.
There will certainly be more on this story, especially on why the drug case was dismissed.