Charges dropped against Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. in domestic abuse case


UPDATE (9/7/2017 4:30 p.m.)

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.’s Manger, Burke Allen, released the following statement on behalf of Landau:

“I want to first thank the people of West Virginia and my friends and fans around the world for having faith in me and reaching out to me with their prayers and encouraging words. Secondly, I want to thank the justice system—because it works.  I really appreciate it how the county prosecutor in Logan gave a full and fair review of the facts, and that my attorneys Troy Giatras and Matt Stonestreet gave wise counsel and were great advocates for me and my son.

I was gratified that on Sept. 6th the charges were dismissed. The people who know me best know that is not in my nature to do any of this things I was accused of.  Even though my former girlfriend and I are no longer a couple, we have a child to raise, Logan Eli, and we both want our son to realize that his parents love him. He is the center of my life. 

I appreciate my friends and fans for the literally hundreds of calls and notes I have received over the last weeks from all over the world for believing in me. I’m sorry I couldn’t get back to each of you individually, but know that I received every message and they warmed my heart. I also want to thank the media for following my career, not rushing to judgement and for understanding that the way I handle myself day in and day out is who I really am; I don’t know how to be any other way. I despise domestic violence. I have campaigned against it, helped raise money to aid its’ victims including participating in the “Girl’s Night Out” events and will continue to do so when asked.

At the end of the day, any problems I have are small; in fact, I just got back from delivering emergency supplies to Texas with the Cora Volunteer Fire Department for the hurricane victims down there, and like the rest of America, I’m watching Hurricane Irma and praying for my friends in Florida and the Caribbean. I hope to continue to be able to keep giving back to those less fortunate, and am thankful that I’m blessed to be able to help when I can, and to keep singing.”

UPDATE (9/7/2017)

LOGAN COUNTY, WV – According to a court order, all domestic battery charges against Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. have been dropped.

The ruling came this morning in Logan County Magistrate Court. 

Murphy was previously accused of striking his then current-girlfried with a golf club in July 2017. 

Murphy denied the charges in a statement, claiming that he, “did not strike her.”

He has since apologized to fans and residents of his native Logan County for the incident.

UPDATE (7/11/17 5:00 PM):

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.’s Manger, Burke Allen, released the following statement on behalf of Landau:

“An unfortunate incident occurred at my home Monday evening.  

My girlfriend and her friends and family she had invited over had trashed the home. This has happened several times previously while I was away on tour.

I asked them all to leave, a heated argument happened between us and she began destroying things with a golf club. She then attacked me with the golf club-and a knife. In defending myself, she obtained some bruises and swelling on her face. I did not strike her.  She filed a complaint against me anyway. 

I was raised to respect women, and if not provoked and feeling I was in danger, I would never have defended myself in this manner.  I am very sorry for the way domestic incident was handled. 

I apologize to my fans everywhere and to the people of Logan County and West Virginia for this incident. It should never have happened.”


A local celebrity has been arrested for a charge of domestic violence.

According to a criminal complaint, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., 42, was arrested on charges of domestic battery and domestic assault.

On Monday, deputies received a domestic complaint from dispatchers advising that a female victim was physically assaulted by Murphy Jr.

Deputies traveled to the hospital where the victim was receiving medical care and saw swelling and bruising near the victim’s left eye, as well as swelling on the victim’s head.

The victim said that there was a verbal altercation between she and Murphy Jr. and says that Murphy Jr. slapped her face and struck her in the face with a golf club. He then proceeded to slam her to the ground and hit her head on the concrete side walk according to the victim.

Deputies traveled to the Whitman area of Logan County where the victim said the incident took place and found a golf club in the living room of the residence. Murphy Jr.’s six month old infant child was present during the incident.

Murphy Jr. won the 6th season of America’s Got Talent in 2011.

We will provide more information on this story as soon as we receive it.

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