Jennifer Hudson bowed her head and closed her eyes as she listened to a police officer describe finding the bodies of her family members.
The Oscar-winning actress — who testified on the first day of the trial yesterday (23 April) – sat next to her fiance David Otunga at the Cook County courtroom where the second day of testimony is taking place in the trial of her brother-in-law William Balfour.
Balfour is accused of the murders of Hudson's mother, brother and seven-year-old nephew.
Sgt Richard Dowling revealed he was the first person at the scene of the murder of Hudson's mother Darnell and brother Jason in their home on the South Side of the city in October 2008.
Her mother was found in a pool of blood in the living room, while Jason was dead in his bed with a gunshot wound to the head. According to Entertainment Weekly, Jason's "sheets were pulled up as if he had been sleeping".
Police searched the three-story house for half an hour looking for Jennifer's nephew Julian, who was found dead in an SUV three days later.
Balfour is charged with first degree murder in their deaths in addition to home invasion, aggravated kidnapping, residential burglary and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
He has pleaded not guilty.
According to Entertainment Weekly, prosecutors played a surveillance video showing Balfour getting out of a car at a petrol station near the Hudson home before the killings. Balfour has denied being in the area at the time of the murders.
As the surveillance tape played on a courtroom screen, Hudson rested her head on her knees for several minutes.
The trial is expected to last for approximately a month.