The pumped-up frontman for a popular Christian heavy metal band is blaming ‘roid rage’ for his attempt to hire a hitman to kill his wife earlier this month. Read on for the news.
Tim Lambesis, 32, began lifting weights, taking diet supplements last year in an effort to bulk up at the gym, his lawyer says. The fitness regimen eventually led to Lambesis injecting steroids. The drugs, defense lawyer Thomas Warwick claims, turned him to violence. ‘His thought processes were devastatingly affected by his steroid use,’ he said in court in southern California earlier this month, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Lambesis is the lead singer for the Grammy-nominated Christian metal band ‘As I Lay Dying.’ His lawyer argued in court that the judge should lower Lambesis’ $2million bail to $250,000 and so the singer can be released to tour the country with his band. However, the singer remains in jail in Vista, California, after the judge refused to budge.
Police say on May 7 Lambesis handed $1,000 cash to a man called ‘Red’ who claimed to be an assassin. The ‘hitman’ turned out to be an undercover police officer, who met with the rocker after an employee at his gym tipped off authorities that Lambesis was looking for a someone to kill his wife.
He also gave him the gate codes for the home of wife Meggan Lambesis and said he wanted her ‘gone,’ according to prosecutors.
He also handed the man a list of dates that he would be caring for his three adopted children so he would have an alibi. Prosecutors argue that Lambesis was prepared to go through with the hit. When the undercover cop said $1,000 wasn’t enough – that he needed $20,000 more to do the job – Lambesis didn’t flinch.
‘He was very willing to pay that,’ prosecutor Claudia Grasso said.
Grasso, a San Diego County deputy district attorney, told the court the singer had emailed his wife while on tour in August that he didn’t love her, he wanted to end the relationship, and he no longer believed in God. Meggan Lambesis later learned her husband was having an affair and had been involved with ‘a string of women.’
Grasso asked Superior Court Judge Martin Staven to set bail at $20 million, saying Meggan Lambesis was terrified and living ‘in seclusion’ with their three children – aged four, eight and 10 – who they adopted from Ethiopia. ‘He is substantially motivated to kill his wife,’ she said. Bail conditions prohibit Lambesis from contacting his wife or children. He cannot leave the San Diego area except to see his attorney in Los Angeles.
Defense attorney Anthony Salerno told reporters that Lambesis did not intend to harm anybody and was apparently set up by the man at the gym.
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