A report on Reuters has word that As I Lay Dying/Austrian Death Machine, etc. frontman Tim Lambesis has been arrested after attempting to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife.
Lambesis was taken into custody in Oceanside, CA today, Tuesday, May 07th, after attempting to solicit her murder via an undercover detective. A report on Fox 5 San Diego alleges that the police were investigating him since this past Thursday after first learning of his plot.
The authorities are said to have then laid the above-mentioned trap. He has been booked in Vista Detention Facility where he is currently being held on the charges. According to utsandiego.com, Lambesis‘ ex filed for divorce on September 20th of 2012.
Lambesis had most recently just raised over $78,000 dollars via this crowdfunding campaign for a new album from Austrian Death Machine.
Update – May 07th 8:19pm:
The official press release on the matter via the Public Affairs Unit of the San Diego County Sherrif’s Department has gone live here, it reads:
“Tim Lambesis, lead singer and co-founder for the heavy metal band, “As I Lay Dying” was arrested without incident today, May 7, 2013, at 2:00p.m. in a retail business on Vista Way in Oceanside. Lambesis is charged with Solicitation of Another to Commit Murder.
Information came to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department on May 2nd that Lambesis was soliciting another individual to kill his estranged wife, who resides in Encinitas. The Encinitas Detectives, The San Diego Fugitive Task Force and the Sheriff’s Special Investigation Division investigators immediately initiated an investigation.
The investigation culminated this afternoon, when Lambesis solicited an undercover detective to kill his wife. He was then arrested, transported to the Encinitas Station and booked into the Vista Detention Facility.”