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The former child actor who played Eddie Munster in the sixties sitcom “The Munsters” testified at a Wisconsin murder trial this week while denying any connection to the slaying.
Butch Patrick, 68, born Patrick Alan Lilley, was called to testify on Monday for the murder trial of Cindy Schulz-Juedes, 67, local outlet WSAW reports. She’s accused of murdering her husband Ken Juedes, 58, in 2006. While long considered a person of interest in the shooting death, Schulz-Juedes wasn’t charged until 2019.
The widow’s defense maintains that Schulz-Juedes wasn’t the trigger person and that five other people conspired to kill her husband. They claim Patrick, who became famous by playing child-werewolf Eddie Munster, was part of that group.
The defense claims that the Juedes' sued a man named Randall Landwehr, who operated a brewery business on land they owned. Patrick's mother allegedly invested $10,000 in the business. The Juedes' won the suit in 2006 and were rewarded $300,000. The defense has accused Patrick of conspiring with Landwehr and three other investors of the brewery business to kill Ken Juedes.
The piece of land named in the suit was also home to a racetrack known as Monster Hall Raceway, which prompted tabloid fodder.
“I was in the process of booking an event when someone says, ‘Have you seen the ‘National Inquirer’ today?’ I said, ‘No,’ and when I looked it up I noticed I was on the cover with the headline that says ‘Munster Murder Bombshell at Monster Hall’ and that’s how I found out about my invol-- supposedly my involvement in it,” Patrick testified Monday, WSAW reports.
The tabloid story came out in 2012, and Patrick claimed it was the first time he heard his name in connection with the killing. He maintained he had nothing to do with the murder. He also claimed to have no relationship with the other four people the defense has associated him with.
Patrick said he couldn't recall where he was the day, over a decade ago, that Juedes was murdered and he does not have an alibi.
There is no physical evidence that links any of the five men to the killing, witnesses from a police crime lab testified this week, according to WSAW.
The trial is expected to conclude on Wednesday.
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