As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis alleged to have solicited undercover detective to kill estranged spouse
Multiple sources are reporting that Tim Lambesis, frontman of American metalcore band As I Lay Dying, was arrested yesterday over a plot to murder his ex-wife Meggan, who had filed for divorce in September last year. The couple had three adopted children.
The band, formed in 2000 by Lambesis and drummer Jordan Mancino, have not as yet released a statement – their last communique was on Tuesday last week to thank fans after a set at Pulp Summer Slam in the Phillipines – but they had played as recently as Sunday in China with The Ghost Inside, Sybreed and The Falling, so this is a speedy development indeed.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has released a statement regarding the arrest, however, which allegedly occurred without incident outside a shop in Oceanside, Southern California on May 7th.
The next step will be Lambesis’ initial appearance in court, and that is where the charges are read, and if there’s a bail to be set. And they will go from there and start setting different court dates. The investigation at our end is still ongoing, and I can’t go into detail on that. And, thankfully, no one was hurt. But I believe that the captain who commented earlier said that we averted a tragedy today.
The department’s website (“Who’s In Jail?”) confirms one Timothy Peter Lambesis as currently in custody, so this is the real deal. Bloody hell.
The band, whilst not strictly ‘Christian’, have always identified as being Christians, but Lambesis appeared to be dropping away from the religion (if not the belief) in recent months, with the lyrics to the song “A Greater Foundation” and a subsequent blog post suggesting a decline in faith in the doctrines of the religion. This isn’t necessarily relevant, other than that you can predict a certain amount of outbursts over ‘Godlessness’ being responsible for these alleged actions – but for what it’s worth, it seemed that Tim was still very much a follower of Christ’s teachings.
The surprise in the community to the news of his arrest has been palpable – many speaking out that the 32 year-old has always come across as a nice guy and in a very positive light – but what these events certainly mean is that the Grammy-nominated band’s forthcoming stint on tour with Killswitch Engage at the end of the month is likely to be canned (unless a replacement can be found, if it is even appropriate to do so – it wouldn’t be going far to suggest the band might keep a low profile for the coming months) – word on that when we have it.
Even with Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe’s acquittal for manslaughter in March, it already seems like this will be the biggest story of year in terms of metal and the legal system. Again, we’ll do our best to keep you updated.
It’s probably worth mentioning that Lambesis’ project Austrian Death Machine, whose songs are all based on one-liners from Arnold Schwarzenegger, completed an Indiegogo campaign to fund their new record Triple Brutal, as well as a tour to support, last month, and so we’ll be keeping an eye-out for information on the status of that too. Oddly enough, Meggan Lambesis actually contributed vocals to the band’s 2008 debut album Total Brutal.