Tim Lambesis, lead singer of the Christian metalcore band As I Lay Dying, was arrested in Oceanside, Calif. May 7 in a wild murder-for-hire sting orchestrated by several law enforcement agencies, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. They say Lambesis, 32, solicited an undercover detective to kill his estranged wife, Meggan, for him. The couple separated in September 2012 according to papers filed in the San Diego Superior Court. The Sheriff’s Department got a tip several days before the sting that Lambesis was allegedly seeking a hitman.
As I Lay Dying’s record label, Metal Blade, could not be reached for comment, and it’s unclear whether Lambesis has acquired legal representation.
Often described as a “Christian metal band,” As I Lay Dying has released six albums since forming in 2000. Lambesis was one of the founding members. In 2008, they received a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance for the song “Nothing Left” off their album An Ocean Between Us. The name of the band is not only a tip of the hat to the classic 1930 William Faulkner novel but meant to symbolize the heavenly transcendence that comes from death, according to Christian theology.
A court date for Lambesis has not yet been set.
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