A few weeks back the world was shocked when As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis was arrested for attempting to hire a hitman to murder his wife. The supposed hitman ended up being an undercover cop. Lambesis has been locked up ever since, pleading not guilty to one count of solicitation of murder with a $2 million dollar bail set. Today, new information has been released on how Lambesis was actually captured.
An anonymous witness of the arrest told the San Diego Reader exactly how it went down:
An employee of the Oceanside Barnes & Noble who did not want to be named recounted the May 7 bookstore bust of As I Lay Dying lead singer Tim Lambesis this way: “It was about 2 p.m. My buddy was outside the store doing face-painting and the cops told him that he needed to stop immediately and go inside. Tim [Lambesis] was there with a friend just browsing. I saw one special task-force cop, two regular officers, and two undercover officers. They just pushed everyone aside and handcuffed him. It all happened so fast. It seemed like they were planning it out for a long time.”
When we originally reported on the story, it was reported that Lambesis was arrested after soliciting an undercover cop. Could this "cop" be the "friend" in the story above?
Lambesis' next court date is currently scheduled for June 10th. At the bail hearing last week, Lambesis was accompanied by a new laywer, Thomas Warwick after originally being represented by Anthony Salerno. No word on why Salerno was let go, as he initially saved Lambesis from a potential life sentence. Salerno, in an interview alleged Lambesis was being set up as Lambesis' brother-in-law is a sheriff deputy. Lambesis new lawyer, Warwick claimed at last week's bail hearing that steroid use clouded Lambesis' judgement.
No matter where you stand on Lambesis' guilt, things do not look good for his case. There is so much more to this story, and if you haven't caught up, read all of our previous coverage.