Reporting Scott T. Sterling
The revelation was made in Vista, Calif. Superior Court late last week, where Lambesis’ lawyer, Thomas Warwick, asked for the singer’s bail to be reduced from $3 million to $250,000, claiming he was unable to pay the full amount. Judge David Berry agreed on $2 million.
According to local newspaper U-T San Diego, Warwick also testified that Lambesis had become so into bodybuilding that he’d moved from taking nutritional supplements as a paid spokesman to full-blown steroid consumption, claiming that the singer’s “thought processes were devastatingly affected by his steroid use.”
Lambesis “was not the same person,” Warwick added. “He was irritable and lost God.”
A forensic psychiatrist for the defense also testified that Lambesis was suffering from “roid rage.”
His lawyer went on to say that the As I Lay Dying frontman was going through steroid withdrawal behind bars, where he’s been isolated from other inmates for his own protection.
In a possible parody Twitter account (@gymlambesis), the singer asks fans compare his old Twitter photo “to what I look now. It will only get better.”
Lambesis was arrested on May 7 after allegedly giving an uncover police officer $1000 in cash with pictures of his wife, Meggan Lambesis, access codes to her home and a list of dates when he’d be away with the couple’s three adopted children to facilitate the murder.
More than two dozen friends of Meggan were present during the courtroom proceedings, all wearing yellow paper hearts with white ribbons in a show of solidarity.
Lambesis is next expected in court on May 29.