After verdict, Jennifer Hudson all smiles at Great America

SHARE After verdict, Jennifer Hudson all smiles at Great America

William Balfour

Jennifer Hudson and her fiance spent Saturday at Six Flags Great America, a day after a jury delivered guilty verdicts against her former brother-in-law for killing her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.

Hudson and David Otunga rode the brand new X Flight roller coaster at the amusement park in Gurnee, a Six Flags spokesman confirmed.

A photograph released by the park showed her and Otunga in casual clothes and all smiles as they were belted into the ride that debuted this week. She went to the park with friends and family, the spokesman said.

Mariah Peloso, 16, also spotted and photographed the Oscar winner and her fiance on the Giant Drop.

The Aurora teenager sent the photo out on Twitter, unable to believe she spotted the star in person. A friend of hers also saw Hudson on the Superman roller coaster, she said.

The couple didn’t stop to sign autographs or anything – security guards escorted them off rides through back channels to dodge crowds, Peloso said: “There were a lot of people waiting for her.”

Hudson spent the last three weeks in a Cook County courtroom, with her sister, Julia Hudson, and Otunga, listening to brutal evidence and hiding her eyes from crime scene photos in the October 2008 murders of her mother, Darnell Donerson, brother Jason Hudson and nephew Julian King.

Late Friday, jurors convicted William Balfour, the former husband of Julia Hudson, of murdering the three in a jealous rage.

Jennifer Hudson, who stayed far from cameras during the trial, released a written statement Friday night from her and her sister, quoting Corinthians and asking God to forgive Balfour.

Hudson’s publicist could not be reached for comment.

The Latest
A look under the hood raises some interesting issues, both promising and concerning.
Vlasic, now carrying 220 pounds on his 6-6 frame, skated on a pairing with roster-spot competitor Filip Roos in the Blackhawks’ 4-1 preseason loss Thursday.
An independent study examining a temporary casino at River North is needed.
Well-written psychological thriller on Netflix can be difficult to watch.