VISTA, Calif. - In an update on the case of the Grammy-nominated front man of Christian metal band “As I Lay Dying”, who was arrested last May on charges of hiring a hit man to kill his wife, a San Diego judge ruled on Monday that Timothy Lambesis will stand trial on the charges. [Source: Kansas.com]
After several hours of testimony by prosecution witnesses, in the preliminary hearing, which included testimony from an undercover officer who said he met with Lambesis posing as hit-man-for-hire by the name ‘Red’, San Diego Superior Court Judge Robert Kearney made the decision that the front man, Lambesis would stand trial. Judge Kearney set his arraignment for Oct. 22 at the courthouse in Vista, Calif.
Last May San Diego County sheriff’s Officer Howard Bradley testified that the Christian singer met him at an Oceanside bookstore and told him that he wanted his wife “gone.”
One of those testifying in court was Sheriff's Officer John Buckley, who testified that he originally began the investigation after hearing that Lambesis has confided I a personal trainer at the gym, asking the trainer to help him ‘get rid of’ his wife. After Officer Buckley spoke with the trainer they arranged for him to set up the meeting between Lambesis and Officer Bradley aka ‘Red’ hit-man-for-hire.
Officer Bradley told the court that he had asked Lambesis right out if he wanted his wife killed, and he testified that the singer replied, "'Yes, I do.'"
During the meeting Lambesis allegedly told the undercover officer that his wife, Meggan Lambesis restricted his time with his three adopted children sometime after they couple had separated last September. Officer Bradley also recalled that the singer was angry because she was going to get a chunk of his financial income in a future divorce settlement.
According to Officer Bradley, Lambesis made it clear at the end of their meeting in the bookstore,
"'just to clarify, just so you know, I do want her dead.'"
Then the officer testified that the “As I Lay Dying” front man wrote down three dates that would be the best for carrying out the hit- dates that he’d be with his kids so he’d have an alibi. Lambesis, according to the Officer’s testimony, handed him a manila envelope which contained a security code to her complex, his wife’s name and photograph, a description of her vehicle, and $1,000. He said that the two came to an agreement of $20,000 for her hit. Then Officers arrested the singer.
Lambesis has entered a plea of not guilty to solicitation for murder. If the Christian metal singer is convicted he could face up to nine years in prison.
Since last May, “As I Lay Dying” front man, Timothy Lambesis has been free on a $2 million bail. He has also been ordered to stay home, is not allowed to contact Maggan Lambesis or his adopted children, and he has had to wear a GPS monitor at all times which will continue to be the case until his arraignment in October.
Lambesis’ defense attorney, Thomas Warwick, has not presented any new argument, standing on his previous statement that Lambesis has suffering devastating effects on his mind due to his use of steroids.
About “As I Lay Dying”:
The San Diego based Christian metal band was founded in 2000. Between 2000 and 2012 the “As I Lay Dying” released six albums including, “An Ocean Between Us” (2007) which hit No. 8 on Billboard’s charts, and No.1 on the Top Rock chart. As I Lay Dying’s single, “Nothing Left” was nominated for a Grammy in 2008 for Top Metal Performance. Their latest album, “Awaken” was released September 25, 2012.
For more information:
- The Guardian: ‘As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis to stand trial on ‘solicitation for murder’ charges’ by Sean Michaels
- ABC News 10: ‘As I Lay Dying singer Timothy Lambesis ordered to stand trail in alleged murder-for-hire plot’ by Marie Coronel
- Rolling Stone Music News: ‘Tim Lambesis could face up to nine years in prison in murder-for-hire plot’ by Erin Coulehan
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