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Today will likely be one of the most difficult days of Jennifer Hudson’s life

As we type, the Oscar winner is taking the stand to testify in the trial of William Balfour, the man accused of murdering her mother, brother and nephew in 2008.

Balfour – who has pleaded not guilty – faces first degree murder charges. Prosecutors believe he flew into a rage and committed these heinous acts after seeing a gift to Julia Hudson, Balfour’s ex-girlfriend and Jennifer’s sibling, that he thought was from a new man in her life.

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The trial got underway this morning.

UPDATE: Jennifer reportedly broke down on the stand twice during her testimony when talking about her family and looking at a photo of her mom. She also said no one approved of her sister marring Balfour.

“Where he was, I tried not to be. So if I saw him, I separated myself,” she said on the stand.