September 16, 2013 16:29
Hearing set for As I Lay Dying frontman accused of plotting to kill wife
The singer could face trial over allegations he hired a hitman to murder his estranged partner
Lawyers will put forward the case against the singer at a hearing today (September 16) in San Diego, AP reports. He is accused of paying a police detector posing as a hit man $1,000 (£630) to kill his wife Meggan Lambesis, as well as giving over pictures of her and gate codes to their home. They also claim he told the officer to kill her while he was looking after their children to guarantee he had an alibi.
Lambesis has pleaded not guilty to solicitation for murder. His defense attorney, Thomas Warwick, has said previously that his client had been using steroids for body building, which had altered his mental state. "His thought processes were devastatingly affected by his steroid use," Warwick said in a statement.
Prosecutors claim the singer was on tour in August when he emailed his wife Meggan, telling her hat he wanted to end their relationship. She later learned that he was having an affair.
The frontman has been out on $2 million bail since May. He was ordered to wear a GPS monitor and to stay away from Meggan Lambesis and their three children, who were adopted from Ethiopia.
As I Lay Dying formed in San Diego in 2000 and has released six albums, including 2007's 'An Ocean Between Us', which reached Number Eight on Billboard's charts. A single from the album, 'Nothing Left', was nominated for a Grammy for Best Metal Performance.
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