Singer arrested in murder-for-hire sting

2013-05-08 15:09
Oceanside - The lead singer of Grammy-nominated heavy metal band As I Lay Dying was arrested on Tuesday in Southern California as authorities said he tried to hire an undercover detective to kill his estranged wife.

Tim Lambesis, 32, was arrested at a retail business in Oceanside, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

The statement said detectives received information on Thursday that Lambesis had solicited someone to kill his wife, who lives in nearby Encinitas. A task force from several law enforcement agencies quickly launched an investigation that led to the arrest.

No further details

The department would give no further details on the investigation.

As I Lay Dying formed in San Diego in 2000 and has released six albums including 2007's An Ocean Between Us, which reached No 8 on Billboard's charts. A track from the album was nominated for a Grammy for top metal performance.

It was not clear whether Lambesis had hired an attorney, and a phone message seeking comment left at a number listed in his name was not immediately returned.

According to its website, the band is scheduled to tour the country with several other metal acts starting later this month.


  • Jacques Kleinhans - 2013-05-09 11:27

    Once again the entire Metal scene is under the spotlight. If he's guilty, let him pay the price. If not, investigate the matter to find out what's going on. But for the love of lemons, don't blame this on Metal music. I'm so sick and tired of seeing the Metal music genre being constantly pointed at negatively by mass media, uninformed people and some religious groups. Let's see what's going on and focus on the person(s) rather than the entire culture.

      Stephen Michael - 2013-05-31 13:16

      This band is a religious group.

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