Hearing Delayed as Plea Negotiations Continue for Rocker Charged with Murder-For-Hire Plot
As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis appeared in a Southern California courtroom Wednesday morning for a pre-trial conference in his murder-for-hire case. According to an online report, Prosecutor Clausia Grosso announced that further proceedings have been delayed until February 6 to continue plea negotiations.
The rocker, known for his hardcore screaming vocals, was arrested after he reportedly gave an undercover agent $1,000 cash in an envelope with instructions on how to kill his wife. The envelope also contained her photograph, address and security gate code, as well as dates he would be with their three adopted children to give him an alibi, according to a prosecutor.
Authorities set up a sting when Lambesis told a man at his gym on April 23rd that his wife was making it difficult for him to see their children and complete their divorce, and he wanted her killed.
Lambesis met the undercover agent, who went by the alias “Red,” on May 7th, during which there is a recording of Lambesis saying he wanted his wife killed. Lambesis was arrested in Oceanside, CA on May 14.
He is charged with charged with solicitation of murder in violation of Cal. Pen. Code § 653f(b). If convicted he can serve up to nine years in State Prison.
Lambesis was present in court with his parents and attorney Tom Warwick. A separate hearing was also set for today to review Meggan Lambesis’s restraining order against her estranged husband. She also filed a civil lawsuit against her estranged husband in which she reportedly asked for $1 million for emotional distress and $25,000 in medical expenses to date, along with $75,000 for future medical expenses and an additional $1 million in punitive damages.
Meggan Lambesis has also filed for divorce, and the next hearing in that case is scheduled for April 16.
Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial