The child actor who played werewolf Eddie Munster in the 1960s sitcom The Munsters denied that he was involved in a 2006 murder in Wisconsin after the defendant in the murder trial claimed he was one of five killers.
Butch Patrick Lilley, 68, was accused by Cindy Schulz-Juedes, 67, of being one of five people who allegedly shot and killed her husband, Ken Juedes, 58, in the couple's home.
Lilley, who met the couple at the Monster Hall Raceway in 2006, denied allegations that he was involved in the murder, and said he did not even know he was a suspect until six years after the incident, WSAW reported.
'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... supposedly my involvement in it,' Lilley said on Monday.
Although Lilley admitted to drinking and doing cocaine with the other men accused of the murder, he said he had not been impaired on the night of Juedes' death and was traveling at the time, but he could not say for certain where he was. He also said the article and allegations cost him contracts.
The Marathon County jurors found Schulz-Juedes guilty on Wednesday of killing her husband in August 2006 as prosecutors argued she did so in order to cash in on his $1 million life insurance policy.
Schulz-Juedes had claimed Lilley and four other men killed Juedes for revenge after a 2006 lawsuit filed by the couple cost Lilley tens of thousands of dollars in investments in a brewery business.
Butch Patrick Lilley, a former child actor, denied allegations that he and four other men killed Ken Juedes inside his Wisconsin home in 2006
Lilley is best remembers for his role of playing the child werewolf, Eddie Munster, in the 1960s monster comedy The Munsters. He is pictured with Yvonne Decarlo and Fred Gwynne
Cindy Schulz-Juedes, pictured in 2020, was arrested in 2019 for the murder of her husband. Prosecutors claim she killed him to cash in on his $1 million life insurance policy
Ken Juedes was part owner of the Monster Hall Raceway. He had filed a $300,000 lawsuit against Randall Landwehr over fraud related to raceway
Lilley said he met the couple when he was promoting an event at the Monster Hall Raceway, which Juedes was a part owner of.
He said the National Inquirer article about his alleged involvement was later retracted, but Lilley said he lost appearance contracts because of the allegations.
Crime lab witnesses did not find any evidence of Lilley or the four other suspects inside the Juedes' home, nor on the pieces of paper and knife at the scene that had DNA evidence on them.
The defense claims Lilley and the other suspects murdered Juedes because of a $300,000 lawsuit the couple filed against Randall Landwehr for fraud related to the Monster Hall Raceway.
Landwehr lost the suit, leading Lilley and others to lose their investment in the Landwehr's brewery business. Lilley's mother had invested $10,000 in the brewery.
Schulz-Juedes claims Landwehr, Lilley and three other investors killed her husband for revenge.
She was arrested and charged for the murder in 2019.
After her husband's murder, Cindy moved out of the rural Wisconsin home where they had been living and into this suburban property. The house is worth an estimated $250,000
On the night of her husband's death, Schulz-Juedes told police she had been sleeping in a camper on their property because she had a sinus infection which she did not want him to catch.
She claimed she went into the home the next day and found him dead.
She then claimed to have tried unsuccessfully to call 911 from her house phone. Eventually, the call was placed at her neighbor's house.
Schulz-Juedes later reported that their gun was missing from their home. It was the same type as the weapon which killed her husband.
Juedes's children from a previous marriage sued Schulz-Juedes after his death, claiming she had a hand in his murder and seeking to recover $280,000 which she had received from an insurance company since his death.
The case was settled out of court.