As I Lay Dying singer arrested for plotting murderTuesday, May 7, 2013 6:15 PM PT / 110,850 views
In one of the more unbelievable news items we've relayed since our inception many years ago, As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis has reportedly been arrested for hiring someone to kill his estranged wife. According to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Lambesis asked an undercover detective Tuesday to murder his estranged wife. Following an investigation, Lambesis was arrested this afternoon at an unspecified Oceanside, CA business. Authorities were apparently aware that Lambesis had soliticed someone to kill his wife, prompting the investigation. Lambesis has been charged with solicitation of another to commit murder and has been booked into the Vista Detention Facility. UPDATE #1: Jan Caldwell, spokeswoman for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, made the following comments to Artisan News about the matter: "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. Our detectives, our fugitive task force and the sheriff's special investigations division immediately initiated an investigation into this allegation. We worked around the clock through the weekend and that culminated this afternoon when Lambesis solicited an undercover detective to kill his wife. The next step will be Lambesis' initial appearance in court, and that is where the charges are read, and if there's a bail to be set. And they will go from there and start setting different court dates. The investigation at our end is still ongoing, and I can't go into detail on that. And, thankfully, no one was hurt. But I believe that the captain who commented earlier said that we averted a tragedy today." Arraignment for Lambesis is scheduled to take place tomorrow, Thursday, May 9th. If convicted, Lambesis could face up to 9 years in a California state prison. UPDATE #2: Video report: UPDATE #3: As I Lay Dying has now issued a statement on the matter. UPDATE #4: Lambesis has pleaded not guilty.