As we reported last week, after many delays, today was the big day for Lambesis, as there was another hearing scheduled.
But, if you're assuming something got resolved, you are wrong. The case will still be open going into 2014.
Lambgoat had a source inside the courtroom today and reports that today's hearing was extremely brief. Lambesis appeared with his lawyer Thomas Warwick as seen in the photo above and pleaded "not guilty" to one felony charge of solicitation of murder.
A January 15th date was set for a readiness conference, which is where the two sides discuss the case and see if the two parties can agree to resolve the case. This is where a plea bargain would happen, if at all.
Should they not be able to resolve the case, it will go to trial, with a proposed March 11th date for the trial, although that's likely to be pushed back.
Lambesis was arrested on May 7th for attempting to hire a hitman to murder his wife. The supposed hitman ended up being an undercover cop. Lambesis, who pleaded not guilty, is currently out on $2 million bond after paying $160,000 to a bail bondsman. Lambesis has been on house arrest since release, with few exceptions.
Should the trial last past May 16th, Lambesis will have to fork over another $160,000 to the bail bondsman, as the bail only lasts for one year.
This is how the American legal system works.