The frontman for a San Diego metal band has been arrested for allegedly attempting to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife.
Tim Lambesis is the lead singer for the band As I Lay Dying, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2008 for Best Metal Performance.
Lambesis was arrested Tuesday on a charge of solicitation of another to commit murder.
“Information came to us late last week, last Thursday, to be specific, that Lambesis was soliciting another individual to kill his estranged wife, who also resides in the area,” San Diego County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell said in a statement. “Our detectives, our fugitive task force and the sheriff's special investigations division immediately initiated an investigation into the allegation.”
Caldwell went on to say that the department worked all weekend on the case, which “culminated [Tuesday] afternoon when Lambesis solicited an undercover detective to kill his wife." The department believes they “averted a tragedy” with the arrest.
Sources told music magazine Alternative Press that Lambesis’ friends had noticed his personality had changed since he had started bodybuilding.
"It's a common subject of late how different he's seemed," a source told the magazine.
Billboard magazine said Lambesis’ wife, Meggan, had filed for their marriage to be dissolved in September 2012. On top of a Grammy nomination, the band also has millions of fans all over the world.
“The Grammy-nominated metal band has nearly 2 million fans on Facebook and have sold over 1 million albums with Metal Blade Records,” said the magazine.
The remaining four members of the band, who just returned from an Asian tour along with Lambesis, issued a statement after his arrest:
To our fans,
As we post this, the legal process is taking it's course and we have no more information than you do. There are many unanswered questions, and the situation will become clearer in the coming days and weeks. We'll keep you informed as best we can.
Our thoughts right now are with Tim, his family, and with everyone else affected by this terrible situation - and with our fans, whom we love and draw strength from.
Thank you for understanding, and as always, for your support of As I Lay Dying.
- Jordan, Nick, Phil, and Josh
As I Lay Dying’s record label, Metal Blade Records, declined to comment to Alternative Press. According to the magazine, Lambesis is due in court on May 9.
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