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Actor who played Eddie Munster denies allegations that he was behind the 2006 murder of a Wisconsin man

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The child actor who played werewolf Eddie Munster on the 1960s sitcom The Munsters denied being involved in a 2006 murder in Wisconsin after the defendant claimed in the murder trial that he was one of the five murderers.

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, at the couple’s home.

Lilley, who met the couple at Monster Hall Raceway in 2006, denied allegations that he was involved in the murder, saying he didn’t know he was a suspect until six years after the incident. WSAW reported.

“I was booking an event when someone said, ‘Did you see the National Inquirer today?’ I said, “No,” and when I looked it up I saw I was on the cover with the headline “Munster Murder Bombshell in Monster Hall” and that’s how I discovered my…supposedly my involvement in it,” Lilley said Monday.

Although Lilley admitted to drinking and taking cocaine with the other men accused of the murder, he said he was not disabled on the night of Juedes’ death and was traveling at the time, but he could not be sure. say where he was. He also said the article and the allegations cost him contracts.

Marathon County jurors on Wednesday found Schulz-Juedes guilty of murdering her husband in August 2006, while prosecutors allege she did so to redeem his $1 million life insurance policy.

Schulz-Juedes had alleged that Lilley and four other men killed Juedes in revenge after a 2006 lawsuit by the couple cost Lilley tens of thousands of dollars in investments in a brewing company.

Butch Patrick Lilley, a former child actor, denied allegations that he and four other men murdered Ken Juedes at his Wisconsin home in 2006.

Lilley is best remembered for his role as child werewolf, Eddie Munster, in the 1960s monster comedy The Munsters. He is pictured with Yvonne Decarlo and Fred Gwynne

Lilley is best remembered for his role as 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 allege she killed him to cash out his $1 million life insurance policy

Cindy Schulz-Juedes, pictured in 2020, was arrested in 2019 for the murder of her husband. Prosecutors allege she killed him to cash out his $1 million life insurance policy

Ken Juedes co-owned the Monster Hall Raceway.  He had filed a $300,000 lawsuit against Randall Landwehr for raceway fraud

Ken Juedes co-owned the Monster Hall Raceway. He had filed a $300,000 lawsuit against Randall Landwehr for raceway fraud

Lilley said he met the couple while promoting an event at Monster Hall Raceway, which Juedes co-owned.

He said the National Inquirer article about his alleged involvement was later retracted, but Lilley said he lost his appearance contracts over the allegations.

Witnesses from the crime lab found no evidence of Lilley or the four other suspects in the Juedes’ home, nor on the scraps of paper and knife at the scene with DNA evidence.

The defense alleges that Lilley and the other defendants killed Juedes over a $300,000 lawsuit the couple filed against Randall Landwehr for fraud related to the Monster Hall Raceway.

Landwehr lost the lawsuit, causing Lilley and others to lose their investment in Landwehr’s brewing business. Lilley’s mother had invested $10,000 in the brewery.

Schulz-Juedes claims that Landwehr, Lilley and three other investors killed her husband in revenge.

She was arrested and charged with the murder in 2019.

After her husband's murder, Cindy moved out of the rural Wisconsin home they had lived in and into this suburban property.  The house is estimated to be worth $250,000

After her husband’s murder, Cindy moved out of the rural Wisconsin home they had lived in and into this suburban property. The house is estimated to be worth $250,000

On the night of her husband’s death, Schulz-Juedes told police that she had been sleeping in an RV on their property because she had a sinus infection that she didn’t want him to get.

She claimed she entered the house the next day and found him dead.

She then claimed that she had tried unsuccessfully to call 911 from her home phone. Finally, 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 that killed her husband.

Juedes’ 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 she had received from an insurance company since his death.

The case was settled out of court.

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