America's Got Talent Winner Assaulted Girlfriend: Charges

Girlfriend says Landau Murphy Jr. hit her in face with golf club
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 12, 2017 3:59 PM CDT
America's Got Talent Winner Charged With Domestic Violence
"America's Got Talent" winner Landau Murphy Jr., seen here singing the national anthem during the 2011 inauguration ceremony of West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, was arrested this week on domestic violence charges.   (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)

News reports say America's Got Talent winner Landau Murphy Jr. has been arrested on domestic violence charges in West Virginia. Murphy was charged Monday with domestic battery and domestic assault after his girlfriend reported he struck her in the face with a golf club, slammed her on the ground, and then banged her head into the sidewalk following an argument, the AP reports.

Murphy released a statement saying he defended himself after she attacked him with a golf club and knife, but didn't strike her. He says the argument started after his girlfriend and friends and family "trashed the home." The criminal complaint stated Murphy and his girlfriend have a 6-month-old child who was present during the incident. He was released on $3,500 bail. (More America's Got Talent stories.)

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