Earlier today, As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis plead not guilty to one count of solicitation of murder after attempting to hire a hitman to murder his wife. The hitman was actually an undercover cop.
Local news affiliates in San Diego were in the courtroom and posted shocking video of the case the prosecution has against Lambesis, as he looked on cuffed, with a blank stare behind a glass partition. Needless to say, it does not look good.
According to NBC San Diego, Lambesis emailed his wife in August saying he didn't love her anymore and he no longer believed in God. He later filed for divorce and his wife learned he had multiple affairs.
Allegedly, Lambesis approached members at his gym asking if anyone knew somebody who could have Meggan killed. Authorities became aware of Lambesis' plot and set up a sting operation.
When Lambesis met with the undercover cop posing as a hitman named "Red" on May 7th, Lambesis said “that it’s better for his children to have one healthy relationship with one parent rather than two unhealthy ones.” He told Red he wanted his wife gone.
Lambesis was specifically asked if he wanted his wife dead, and he said "yes, that's exactly what I want." The prosecution allegedly has an audio recording of this exchange.
After Lambesis confirmed he wanted his wife gone, he handed Red an envelope with one thousand dollars in cash, Meggan's address, photos of his wife, security gate codes instructions on how and when to enter the home, when he would have the children in his custody, allowing for Meggan to be murdered.
Update: We've learned more about Lambesis' defense. Read what his attorney had to say.
This is mindblowing information, and the video above makes it all the more real. Lambesis is being held on 3 million dollars bail, and should he make the bail, he will have his passport stripped, and have a GPS monitor placed on his leg, only being allowed to stay in San Diego or visit his lawyer in Los Angeles.
[Photo by Bill Wechter / Hat tip to MetalSucks]