NBC San Diego Diana Guevara and R. Stickney report:
A shocking allegation was made Thursday as the frontman of a Grammy-nominated Christian metal band faced a judge in an alleged murder-for-hire plot. Not only did the prosecutor charge San Diego-based musician Tim Lambesis with trying to arrange the murder of his estranged wife, she also claimed the man known by fans around the world for his faith recently said he no longer believes in God.
Local musician Tim Lambesis appeared tired and expressionless in the Vista courtroom Thursday. Lambesis, in custody since his arrest Tuesday, was ordered to be held on $3 million bail after a quick arraignment in a Vista courtroom. The frontman for the Christian metal group AS I LAY DYING, entered a not guilty plea to one charge of solicitation of murder.
Lambesis, an alum of Santa Fe Christian High School, was just about to join a summer tour with the band when he was arrested in Oceanside by San Diego County sheriff’s deputies. Prosecutors claim Lambesis approached someone from his gym on April 23rd and allegedly asked if the person knew anyone who could kill his wife. The metal rocker was motivated because he felt it would be better for the children to have a healthy relationship with one parent prosecutors allege.
Then on May 7th, he met with an undercover agent named “Red”. Lambesis allegedly told the agent that he wanted his wife “gone” and to “never see her again” prosecutors said.
Watch video of Lambesis’ arraignment below, and read NBC San Diegio’s full report at this location.