Christian metal singer arrested in murder-for-hire plot against wife
The frontman for the Christian heavy metal band As I Lay Dying was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly trying to hire a detective posing as a hitman to kill his estranged wife.
According to the Los Angeles Times, 32-year-old Tim Lambesis was arrested in Oceanside, California and charged with one count of of solicitation to commit murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit a crime. His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.
KFMB-TV reported on Tuesday that Lambesis’ wife, Meggan, filed for divorce in September 2012. San Diego County Sheriffs officials said they received a tip on May 2 as to Lambesis’ alleged intentions and set up a meeting between the detective and the singer.
“When you put something out there like this, you don’t know who you’re talking to,” said Sheriffs Department spokesperson Jan Caldwell. “And when you do something this evil and this sinister, you might be talking to a deputy sheriff.”
Lambesis’ band had recently returned from a tour of Asia, and was scheduled to embark on another tour on May 30. It was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Metal Performance in 2007.
Watch KFMB’s report on Lambesis’ arrest, aired Tuesday, below.