As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis Coughed Up $160k For Bail
As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis is temporarily free after posting a portion of the $2 million bail. The Christian metalcore band’s frontman was in arrested on May 7 for allegedly hiring a hitman to kill his wife.
According to the San Diego Reader, Lambesis was released after paying $160,000 to All-Pro Bonds in Vista, Calif., near the North San Diego Country Courthouse where he was jailed. If Lambesis fails to appear in court when instructed, the singer would have to pay the full $2 million on top of the non-refundable 8 percent he already paid.
Lambesis was taken into custody on May 7 for paying an undercover police officer $1000 in cash along with photographs of his wife, Meggan Lambesis, access codes to her home and a list of dates when he would be away with the couple’s three adopted children in order to establish an alibi.
After pleading not guilty to one count of solicitation of murder, Lambesis’ bail was set at $2 million, a reduction from the $20 million originally requested by Deputy District Attorney Claudia Grasso. Grasso claimed Lambesis “is a huge flight risk.” Judge David L. Berry stipulated that if Lambesis makes bail, he must wear a GPS device, remain in San Diego and stay away from his wife and children.
Last September, Meggan Lambesis had filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences.
Lambesis’ lawyer, Thomas Warwick, testified that the singer had become so into bodybuilding that he’d moved from taking nutritional supplements as a paid spokesman to full-blown steroid consumption, claiming that the singer’s “thought processes were devastatingly affected by his steroid use. He was not the same person,” Warwick added. “He was irritable and lost God.”
Two hearings were held on May 29 and 30 in addition to divorce proceedings. A representative of Radio.com at the courthouse reported Lambesis was not present at either.
Lambesis’ next court appearance is scheduled for June 26. If convicted, the metal singer could face up to 9 years in prison.