David Otunga was in court yesterday morning to see his celebrity fiancee Jennifer Hudson testify in the murder trial of William Balfour who stands accused of killing her mother, brother and nephew. A fact that hasn't been well publicized is that Hudson could very well have been at her family's home at the time of the murders in October 2008 if she hadn't spent the weekend with Otunga watching him wrestle for Florida Championship Wrestling. She told the court in a tearful testimony about the abusive relationship her sister Julia had with the accused, wishing that she had never agreed to marry Balfour at one point:
None of us wanted her to marry him. We did not like how he treated her.
The prosecution painted Balfour as a jealous and vindictive man who repeatedly threatened to kill Julia Hudson and the rest of her family after she had separated from him, regularly spied on her and had been enraged the day before the murders, Julia's birthday, when he saw at her house balloons bought for her by another man.
Sounds like an open and shut case, right? Unfortunately no DNA evidence was found linking Balfour to the murder weapon or inside the SUV that they found Julian King, Jennifer's nephew, dead in. The defence is arguing that due to the high profile nature of the case the police rushed to make an arrest and pinned the killings on the wrong man. Moreover, they also allege that Jason Hudson, Jennifer's brother, was a drug dealer that had been previously shot twice and that the police did nothing to determine if it might have been his violent business that led to these murders. When asked if she knew what her brother did for a living, Jennifer unconvincingly said "I don't really know."
On a WWE note, Otunga, who wasn't at Raw last night because of his involvement in the case, has been mentioned in several stories about the trial, but his wrestling occupation wasn't noted. Most embarrassingly, the Associated Press story said that Otunga was "best known for his stint on VH1's reality show "I Love New York", which probably won't please WWE management if they read that quote.