According to an official press release provided by the San Diego Police Department, As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis was arrested yesterday, May 7th, for allegedly hiring a hitman to kill his estranged wife who filed for divorce back in September of 2012. Tim’s first day in court is scheduled for tomorrow, May 9th, and is charged with solicitation to commit murder and conspiracy to commit a crime. If found guilty, Tim will be imprisoned anywhere from 3-9 years. Lambesis is currently not eleigble for parole. The official press release from the SDPD reads:
“Tim Lambesis, lead singer and co-founder for the heavy metal band, “As I Lay Dying” was arrested without incident today, May 7, 2013, at 2:00p.m. in a retail business on Vista Way in Oceanside. Lambesis is charged with Solicitation of Another to Commit Murder.
Information came to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department on May 2nd that Lambesis was soliciting another individual to kill his estranged wife, who resides in Encinitas. The Encinitas Detectives, The San Diego Fugitive Task Force and the Sheriff’s Special Investigation Division investigators immediately initiated an investigation.
The investigation culminated this afternoon, when Lambesis solicited an undercover detective to kill his wife. He was then arrested, transported to the Encinitas Station and booked into the Vista Detention Facility.”
What the fuck guys?
UPDATE 5/10: According to Utsandiego.com, the plot has thickened in Tim Lambesis’ trial. According to the site Tim Lambesis’ Ex-wife, Meggan, filed for divorce in September of 2012 after learning of Tim’s affairs with other women and cited “irreconcilable differences and alleging that her husband had become obsessed with bodybuilding and going to the gym”. This is after Tim sent an email to his wife in August while he and his band were on tour stating that he did not love her anymore and that he no longer believe in God. Deputy District Attorney Claudia Grasso told Judge Martin Staven during the trial yesterday, May 9th, that Lambesis had met with someone at the gym April 23 and 24th and discussed having his wife killed. On Tuesday, Lambesis met with who he believed was a hitman (which turned out to be an undercover investigator) named Red to arrange having his wife assassinated. Lambesis gave Red $1,000 dollars cash, photos of his wife and her address and gate security codes.
Tim Lambesis enters a “Not Guilty” plea for hiring someone to kill his wife of 8 years details on @CBS8 at 5pm
Standing room only in the arraignment of Tim Lambesis we are waiting for attorneys
Prosecutors asked for 20 million dollars bail saying Tim Lambesis is a flight risk and danger to the public
Tim Lambesis is charged with solicitation of murder which carries a maximum exposure of 9 years
Meggan Lambesis says she is afraid for her life not knowing if Tim put out other hits
Tim Lambesis’s attorney says one phrase to explain his clients case “scum bag snitch set up
Tim Lambesis attorney says his client did not intend to harm anyone
Tim Lambesis’s attorney says his client is “holding up” ok but emotional when he heard about all the support
Prosecutors say Tim Lambesis gave undercover agent cash wife’s pics gate code dates of when to kill her
Tim Lambesis told “Hit Man” to kill his wife while he was with the kids so he can have an alibi
yes there are audio recording according to the DA
Tim Lambesis’ bail has been set a $3 million. If he is able to make bail, he will not be allowed to have contact with his wife or kids.
You can find a video of the arraignment at this location.