The singer of Christian heavy metal band As I Lay Dying has pleaded not guilty to a solicitation-of-murder charge.
Tim Lambesis was arrested on Tuesday (May 7) on suspicion of plotting to kill his wife. San Diego County Sheriff’s Department subsequently issued a press release, claiming police became aware that Lambesis had asked an undercover detective to kill his estranged wife Meggan, who is believed to have started legal proceedings for divorce last September.
At a hearing yesterday (May 9), prosecutors claim to have a recording in which Lambesis hands an undercover officer an envelope filled with cash, home gate codes and pictures of his estranged wife. They also allege that the singer told the officer to kill Meggan while he was looking after their children in order to guarantee his alibi.
Lambesis’s bandmates were in court to hear his not guilty plea yesterday, Billboard reports, and bail was set at $3 million (£1.95 million) – though prosecutors asked for a much higher $20 million (£13 million).
As I Lay Dying have just returned from a short tour that included stops in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and South Korea and wrapped up in Shanghai, China. The band formed in San Diego in 2000. They have released six albums including their most commercially successful 2007 LP, ‘An Ocean Between Us’. Their track ‘Nothing Left’ was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award.