Anthony Salerno—the attorney representing As I Lay Dying, etc. frontman Tim Lambesis—was recently interviewed by Artisan News and gave various insights into his clients case.
Throughout the interview Salerno confirms that the initial planned charge of conspiracy to commit murder has been dropped and that Lambesis currently faces the charge of solicitation to commit murder—a charge that carries a 3 to 9 year prison sentence if found guilty.
Although Salerno has yet to be provided with the prosecution’s evidence; he also aired some concerns about the prosecutor’s case, going so far as to suggest that he feels a police informant involved in it has set Lambesis up. Regarding that he said:
“I would anticipate myself asking for quite a bit of additional discovery, particularly on this person I strongly suspect is a snitch and is an informant for the police and was really creating this whole scenario and sort of setting Tim up. I believe there’s a good probability he may be a police informant. And that information is only available internally with the police department, or in this case the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, and through the D.A.’s office, and that’s something I’m gonna have to explore as well.”
He further went on to state:
“There’s one other element to this, too, which is… I don’t want to start to make accusations on this one unless I have some more information, but I will point out that Tim‘s wife’s brother, I understand, is a San Diego Sheriff’s deputy, and I think I would be remiss if I didn’t fully explore that, ’cause that is a litte bit… it’s at the bare minimum very coincidental, and it may be more than that.”
Lambesis was of course picked up earlier this week as part of a murder-for-hire plot that alleges he was aiming to have his ex-wife Meggan killed. He is currently being held with bail set at $3 million—an amount which has yet to be posted. He is next scheduled to appear in court on June 10th.