Reporting Jay Tilles
Tim Lambesis, singer of Christian metal band As I Lay Dying was ordered Monday to stand trial for solicitation to commit murder.
Dressed neatly in black shirt and tie with hair pulled back, the 32-year-old faced accusers Monday (September 16) for charges that he solicited an undercover police officer to kill his estranged wife.
After a preliminary hearing, San Diego Superior Court Judge Robert Kearney ruled there was indeed enough evidence for Lambesis to stand trial.
Damning testimony came from multiple sources including a personal trainer who Lambesis first approached to carry out his plan.
According to CBS 8, San Diego County Sheriff’s Detective John Buckley testified he met with a personal trainer who told him that Lambesis had asked him to kill his wife and mother of three adopted children, Meggan Lambesis. The trainer explained that after turning down Lambesis’ first request to assist with his plan; he reached out to police because “he didn’t want to see an innocent person get murdered.” The trainer then worked with police to set up a sting operation with a fake hitman known as Red. As noted by San Diego’s Reader’s Eva Knott, Red appeared a convincing hitman, weathered and rugged, pierced ears and a long reddish beard that wagged when he talked.
At this meeting, Lambesis handed Red $100 in cash, photos of his wife and her address. The undercover officer testified Lambesis “wanted his wife gone.” The would-be hitman told Lambesis the job would cost $20,000. The meeting ended with Lambesis adding, “Just to clarify, I do want her dead.”
Currently free on $2 million bail, Lambesis will return to court for arraignment October 22. Having plead not guilty to one charge of solicitation of murder, Lambesis could face up to nine years in prison if convicted.