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Timothy Lambesis: Heavy metal frontman admits hiring thug to kill his wife

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Timothy Lambesis, founding member and lead vocalist of the metalcore band As I Lay Dying, pleaded guilty yesterday in a bizarre murder-for-hire plot that targeted his estranged wife.

According to MSN Music on Tuesday, the Grammy-nominated singer did not contest the one count of solicitation of murder Tuesday in Vista Superior Court, near San Diego. He remains free on bond until he faces the music at his sentencing hearing, scheduled for May 2.

Says MSN: “Prosecutors say the 32-year-old singer was recorded telling an undercover agent that he wanted his wife killed. He allegedly told a man at his gym that she was making it difficult for him to see their children and impossible to complete their divorce.”

Lambesis was arrested back on May 7, 2013 while shopping at a Barnes and Nobles bookstore after attempting to hire an undercover police officer to murder his wife, Meggan Lambesis.

Meggan had reportedly filed for divorce in September 2012. Investigators said that Lambesis gave the cop $1,000 and instructions on how to track down his wife in order to kill her.

Lambesis has stated that he is Christian. During an August 2010 radio interview on The Full Armor of God Broadcast, Lambesis said "I can only really write about what I'm passionate about in life, so naturally my faith, my belief in the teachings of Jesus and His resurrection come across in our lyrics."

It seems like the heavily tatted up death metal singer, a known steroid user who also has his own YouTube fitness channel, may have neglected to read the bit about “Thou shalt not murder.”

His bandmates said in a statement last year following Lambesis' arrest: "There are many unanswered questions, and the situation will become clearer in the coming days and weeks. We'll keep you informed as best we can. Our thoughts right now are with Tim, his family, and with everyone else affected by this terrible situation—and with our fans, whom we love and draw strength from."

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