As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis is now scheduled to stand trial for his alleged crime according to a report by the National Post.
According to court reports, the metal singer allegedly met up with what he thought was a hitman named “Red” but really was undercover cop Howard Bradley. Lambesis allegedly hired him to kill his wife because he wanted her “gone.”
Bradley told the court he asked Lambesis directly if he wanted his wife killed, and the singer replied, “Yes, I do,” according to Bradley’s court testimony.
Bradley said Lambesis told him at the end of their meeting, “Just to clarify, just so you know, I do want her dead.”
The officer said the singer then gave him a manila envelope containing his wife’s name, photo, security code to her condo complex, description of her vehicle and $1,000. Lambesis also allegedly wrote down three dates that would be best for carrying out the hit because he would be with his children and have an alibi, Bradley testified.
After being arrested, Lambesis took to the interweb via his Tumblr blog to reach out to fans and give them some clarification about what exactly is going on. Named “What I can talk about” this is the first passage:
First, I simply am not allowed to do either of those things.
Some day I will be able to tell the story of all that has happened in detail to get the facts straight and representing the many sides to this fairly complex story. In the mean time, many of you will make your assumptions and take the sensationalism of the press focusing on selling points at face value. I can’t stop that from happening, and I’ve learned something by not having that kind of control. The people who want understanding will wait until the formalities and trials are done. Strangely enough, those type of minds are the people least likely to be judgmental even if I am found guilty. Those reporting from the courtroom will only pass along select facts and the case itself will only require select facts that do not encompass the entirety events. On the other hand, the seemingly larger percentage of people delight in voicing their opinion even though I personally have never said a word about even a single detail related to my case. Unspecific to me, that is a terribly sad reality greatly in contrast to the type of discussion I intend to start by choosing to post again.
However, the blog site soon took his blog down shortly after posting it, but luckily Alternative Press was smart enough to save a copy and you can read the post in full here.
Lambesis’ alleged plans to murder his wife were foiled after asking help from a fellow gym friend of his to help him get rid of her. Thankfully, the friend didn’t turn a blind eye to his shocking question and went straight to police. That is when they decided to go through with the plan to catch Lambesis in the act of hiring a hitman.
He has been free on house arrest with a $2 million dollar bond, and recently AP has reported that he has been scheduled to stand trial on Oct. 22, 2013, in Vista, Calif.