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Van Buren County man charged with attempted murder


SOUTH HAVEN (WKZO) -- Jennifer Hudson’s half-brother has been ordered held on half a million dollars bond for allegedly stabbing his estranged wife’s new boyfriend, Charles Smith at his apartment near South Haven early Tuesday morning.

45-year-old Stephen Simpson is charged with attempted murder and  first degree home invasion. He is also charged as a habitual offender because he has a history of domestic assault, and was on parole when he allegedly committed this latest crime.

He could get life.

Its not the first time the Oscar winning actress's family has been touched by domestic violence. Two years ago her brother-in-law, William Balfour killed her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew in a fit of jealous rage when Hudson’s sister left him.

Balfour is already serving life.