Reporting Scott T. Sterling
Clad in a navy blue prison jumpsuit with his heavily tattooed arms in shackles Tim Lambesis, of Christian heavy metal band As I Lay Dying, pleaded not guilty to charges that he solicited an undercover cop to kill his wife.
Lambesis bail has been set at $3 million (after an initial request for $20 million), with stipulations that the singer surrenders his passport, wears a GPS tracking device and avoids all contact with his wife and children if released, According to Reuters. He must also remain in San Diego County unless visiting his attorney.
Deputy District Attorney Claudia Grasso charged Lambesis with giving a man known as “Red” $1000 in cash, along with photos of his wife Meggan, access codes to her home, and a list of dates when he’d be away with their three adopted children at the time of the proposed hit.
“The defendant told ‘Red’ that he wanted his wife killed when the children were with him so he would have an alibi,” Grasso said during the arraignment, claiming to have a recording of the alleged transaction.
She went on to contend that the singer had sent his wife an email last summer to say he no longer loved her or believed in God. She also revealed that Lambesis had a history of affairs with other women, including a current girlfriend.
“If I had to hang a tag on it, I’d call it a scumbag snitch set-up,” retorted Lambesis’ attorney, Anthony Salerno. “Law enforcement was fed something by someone who effectively orchestrated the whole thing … He did not intend to harm anybody.”
Lambesis’ attorney also pointed out the large crowd of supporters present at the arraignment of the As I Lay Dying frontman, stating, “I don’t know that I’ve ever seen so many people in support of someone at a bail hearing.”
If convicted, Lambesis could face up to 9 years in prison. He’s due back in court on June 10.