Reporting Jay Tilles
As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis was arrested for conspiring to have his wife murdered.
According to a press release issued by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Deparment, Lambesis was “arrested without incident” yesterday (May 7), at 2:00 p.m. in a retail business on Vista Way in Oceanside, CA.
The singer as charged with “Solicitation of Another to Commit Murder.”
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department was alerted on May 2 that Lambesis was “soliciting another individual to kill his estranged wife, who resides in Encinitas (CA).” Several law enforcement agencies including Encinitas Detectives, San Diego Fugitive Task Force and the Sheriff’s Special Investigation Division “immediately initiated an investigation.”
The investigation culminated yesterday when Lambesis solicited an undercover detective to kill his wife. The 32 year old metal singer was then arrested, transported to the Encinitas Station, and booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
Lambesis, As I Lay Dying’s co-founder, had just returned to the U.S. with his band after a short Asian tour.
I love the crowds here in Asia and the Pacific. Great shows in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand so far! Just landed in Hong Kong.—
Tim Lambesis (@timlambesis) May 01, 2013
Prior to embarking on the overseas tour, Lambesis learned of the shooting death of friend, filmmaker and fellow Encinias resident, John C. Upton. Upton was heralded as a “fearless crusader” of Romanian orphanages, saving vulnerable children.
Devastating news :( Just found out my friend & partner in a new charity project I was starting was murdered. goo.gl/JlaFR—
Tim Lambesis (@timlambesis) March 29, 2013
Lambesis and wife Meggan had adopted three Ethiopian children prior to separating last year. According to San Diego Superior Court records, Meggan filed for dissolution of marriage in September.
Founded in 2000, the Grammy-nominated As I Lay dying is widely revered by fans as a Christian metal band. Lambesis addressed the band’s beliefs their website; “All five of us are Christians. I believe that change should start with me first, and as a result, our lyrics do not come across very ‘preachy.’ Many of our songs are about life, struggles, mistakes, relationships and other issues that don’t fit entirely in the spiritual category. However, all of these topics are written about through my perspective as a Christian.”
As I Lay Dying is currently scheduled to set out in June on a lengthy domestic tour in support of their sixth studio album, Awakened. The band is to be joined by metalcore heavyweights Killswitch Engage along with Miss May I and Affiance.