LOGAN, W.Va. — The manager for performer Landau Eugene Murphy Jr said his client is thankful for those who weren’t quick to jump to conclusions when the Logan County native was charged with two misdemeanor domestic violence charges earlier this summer.
Murphy’s now former girlfriend made the allegations against Murphy during a fight the couple had in July. Prosecutors dropped the charges Wednesday, Burke Allen said.
“He appreciates, sort of in retrospect, how she acknowledges regretting how she handled the situation and it’s time to move on,” Burke said during an appearance on MetroNews “Talkline” Thursday.
The charges were dropped without prejudice which means they could be refiled in the future.
Murphy was arrested and charged July 10. According to the criminal complaint the pair got into an argument at his Logan County home and she claimed he struck her with a golf club, slapped her, and slammed her head into the sidewalk.
Murphy claimed the woman had invited a group to the home and they proceeded to trash the place. The argument, according to Murphy, started over the damage and she began to destroy things with the golf club and later used it to attack him along with a knife. Murphy told investigators he defended himself, but never struck the woman.
Allen said Murphy and the woman are no longer together but they will both raise their young son.
“They’ve got a little boy together and that little boy, Logan Eli, is his top priority in the world,” Allen said. “They are co-parenting. They aren’t involved in any other way. The little boy is the priority.”
Allen said some people are quick to jump to conclusions and point fingers when they hear about domestic violence charges but many of Murphy’s fans stuck with him.
“They were very supportive of him through the whole thing,” he said. “It was that ‘this just doesn’t sound right kind of thing,’ and they waited it out with him.”
Murphy has most recently been in Houston taking supplies to Hurricane Harvey victims, Allen said.
Murphy released the following statement Thursday evening: