This all sounds like a Friday night movie, but it is very real. As I Lay Dying and Austrian Death Machine frontman Tim Lambesis was arrested earlier today after trying to hire a hitman to murder his wife.
Local NBC outlets in San Diego and Reuters are reporting that Lambesis was arrested earlier today, Tuesday, May 7th in Oceanside, CA after seeking the help of an undercover cop to have his estranged wife killed. He is currently in custody with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. According to numerous reports, officials learned last Thursday of Lambesis' plot and made the arrest earlier today.
The band nor their label, Metal Blade have any comment at the time being.
Update: The Sheriff's department released this official statement (via Blabbermouth)
As somebody who has met Lambesis on numerous occasions, this comes a complete shock, very out of character. But then again, how well did I really know Tim? The last time I saw him was the day we filmed our "Day In the Life of As I Lay Dying" video last year at Mayhem Fest:
We will update this story as we get more information.