As I Lay Dying, etc. frontman Tim Lambesis plead not guilty at his arraignment today (May 09th) in relation to the charges he’s facing as part of his alleged murder-for-hire plot which targeted his ex-wife, Meggan.
Utsandiego.com have word from the proceedings that the prosecutor was originally aiming to have Lambesis‘ bail set at $20 million, though it has since been set at $3 million. According to the site, if Lambesis is able to make bail, he is not to have contact with his wife or children.
Lambesis was originally arrested on Tuesday, May 07th. He is thought to have been charged with solicitation to commit murder and conspiracy to commit a crime at today’s arraignment.
Update – May 09th 3:36pm:
Angie Lee—a freelance reporter for San Diego, CA TV station CBS8.com—live tweeted the arraignment via her Twitter. Her related tweets to the case can be found below:
“Tim Lambesis enters a “Not Guilty” plea for hiring someone to kill his wife of 8 years details on @CBS8 at 5pm”
“Standing room only in the arraignment of Tim Lambesis we are waiting for attorneys”
“Prosecutors asked for 20 million dollars bail saying Tim Lambesis is a flight risk and danger to the public”
“Tim Lambesis is charged with solicitation of murder which carries a maximum exposure of 9 years”
“Meggan Lambesis says she is afraid for her life not knowing if Tim put out other hits”
“Tim Lambesis’s attorney says one phrase to explain his clients case “scum bag snitch set up”"
“Tim Lambesis attorney says his client did not intend to harm anyone”
“Tim Lambesis’s attorney says his client is “holding up” ok but emotional when he heard about all the support”
“Prosecutors say Tim Lambesis gave undercover agent cash wife’s pics gate code dates of when to kill her”
“Tim Lambesis told “Hit Man” to kill his wife while he was with the kids so he can have an alibi”
“yes there are audio recording according to the DA”
Lee also posted this picture of Lambesis in custody
Update #2- May 09th 4:13pm:
According to Angie Lee‘s live tweet coverage, a July 10th Preliminary Hearing has been set and bail is actively being pursued.
Update #3 – May 09th 4:46pm:
CBS8.com have filed an official report on the arraignment, an excerpt from which can be found below:
“Deputy District Attorney Claudia Grasso said that Lambesis originally approached someone in a gym and asked if he knew anyone who would kill his wife.
Later Lambesis met with the undercover agent posing as a hit man — code name “Red” — according to Grasso.
“Red” asked Lambesis if he wanted his wife of eight years gone, and the defendant replied, “Yes, that’s what I want,” the prosecutor said.
Grasso said Lambesis gave the undercover agent an envelope containing $1,000, pictures of his wife, her address and the code to get through a gate. Lambesis also gave the agent dates when the “hit” could take place — days when he had his children, saying that would be his alibi, according to the prosecutor.”
Update #4 – May 09th 6:55pm:
Video footage from today’s arraignment can be seen online below via NBCsandiego.com:
click here for the video…