Update (February 26, 2014): Tim Lambesis, the frontman for As I Lay Dying, pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation of murder on February 25, as the Associated Press reports — admitting that he tried to hire someone to kill his estranged wife, Meggan, in May 2013. Tim will remain free on $2 million bond until his sentencing, which is scheduled for May 2.
Update (September 16, 2013): Tim Lambesis will stand trail on charges he attempted to kill his estranged wife, reports Huffington Post.
San Diego Superior Court Judge Robert Kearney announced his decision on Monday, September 16, after hearing testimony from various witnesses including undercover officer Howard Bradley, who posed as a hitman when he met with the As I Lay Dying frontman.
Tim has pleaded not guilty to solicitation for murder and will be arraigned on the charges on Tuesday, October 22. A date for the trial when then be set.
Original story (May 8, 2013): Tim Lambesis and his wife Meggan reportedly adopted three children from Ethiopia before separating. She filed for divorce last September, and on Tuesday he was arrested for allegedly hiring a hit man to kill her.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Grammy-nominated As I Lay Dying singer was arrested in Oceanside, California, on May 7, and charged on three federal counts — one count of solicitation to commit murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit crime. Tim, 32, was reportedly "arrested without incident while shopping." Authorities told L.A. Now that he had "attempted to hire an undercover sheriff's detective for the murder."
As I Lay Dying is sometimes referred to as a Christian heavy metal band. Tim stated on the band's website's FAQ: "I'm not sure what the difference is between five Christians playing in a band and a Christian band. If you truly believe something, then it should affect every area of your life. All five of us are Christians. I believe that change should start with me first, and as a result, our lyrics do not come across very 'preachy.' Many of our songs are about life, struggles, mistakes, relationships and other issues that don't fit entirely in the spiritual category. However, all of these topics are written about through my perspective as a Christian."
As I Lay Dying's summer tour was scheduled to launch May 30 in Oklahoma City; it’s not clear yet how this arrest may affect plans.
Sources: Los Angeles Times, BBC, AsILayDying.com, Huffington Post, Associated Press