Timothy Lambesis, frontman for metal band As I Lay Dying, was ordered to stand trial for alledgely trying to hire someone to kill his wife Monday. Charges were brought against Lambesis after tried to solicit a undercover cop posing as a hitman for hire in early May, FOX News reported.
The network reported that officer Howard Bradley testified to a grand jury that "Lambesis met him believing he was a hitman and told him he wanted his wife, Meggan Lambesis, dead. Bradley says Lambesis gave him his wife's name, photo and address, along with $1,000 cash."
Lambesis' band has canceled two tours in the wake of the trial. They apologized to fans, noting they were blindsided by Lambesis' arrest.
In a letter featured on the As I Lay Dying website, band mates Jordan Mancino, Phil Sgrosso, and Nick Hipa wrote "To our fans, As we post this, the legal process is taking it's course and we have no more information than you do. There are many unanswered questions, and the situation will become clearer in the coming days and weeks. We'll keep you informed as best we can. Our thoughts right now are with Tim, his family, and with everyone else affected by this terrible situation - and with our fans, whom we love and draw strength from. Thank you for understanding, and as always, for your support of As I Lay Dying."
Lambesis reportedly formed the band in 2000. At time of it's fomation, all the band members, including Lambesis, were reportedly Christians. However Lambesis shared with his Tumblr followers 11 months ago some doubts he has in the Christian faith.
"I wrote the lyrics to A Greater Foundation as a way to process some of the religious beliefs from my childhood that I had let go in exchange for finding truth. Every year that I had put toward my degree in Religious Studies caused me to see the god of tradition and ritual that I grew up with as less and less of a probable truth. By the time I graduated, my entire concept of the divine had changed as I sought to reconcile spirituality and reason. The more I sought truth uncorrupted by years of religious history, the more I kept finding answers I didn’t want to find. Emotionally, it would have been easiest for me to just hold on to what I grew up believing, but mentally that wasn’t an option anymore. In other words, my dedication couldn’t have been more earnest, but heart wasn’t the issue."
Lambesis may imprisoned for 9 years if he is found guilty of the charges