New details regarding As I Lay Dying
frontman Tim Lambesis
' murder-for-hire plot trial have recently emerged, with the defense claiming that singer's actions were affected by severe steroid usage.
According to vocalist's new attorney Tom Warwick
, Lambesis was in a so-called "roid rage"
while soliciting the murder of his estranged wife Meggan
, with his "thought processes dramatically impacted by the steroids."
As UT San Diego
reports, defense attorney argued during the latest hearing last Friday that the changes in frontman's behavior started once he began taking performance enhancement supplements and ultimately steroids, also resulting in Lambesis buffing up from 170 to 220 pounds.
"His thought processes were devastatingly affected by his steroid use,"
the lawyer said. "It has been a terrible tragedy. He was a very caring, gentle man and we need to get him back."
The defense did however manage
to get the bail lowered from the initial $3 million to 2$ million, which is seemingly still too high for the singer, as his lawyer has asked for the bail to be lowered to $250,000. This resulted in Lambesis' disgruntled expression upon the setting of the new bail, with Warwick telling the court that his client will still be unable to pay the given amount.
As previously reported, Lambesis was arrested
on May 7 in Oceanside for allegedly hiring an undercover detective to murder his wife. After pleading not guilty, the defense initially claimed that the singer was set up
by a police informant, or a "snitch."
According to prosecutor Claudia Grasso, frontman gave a man referred to as "Red" an envelope containing $1,000, along with the gate code to his house and additional details on how he wants the murder to be carried out. Grasso also added that the singer allegedly had no issues whatsoever with the murder costing a total of $20,000 and was visibly willing to pay the entire sum.
Lambesis' wife had already noted her husband's behavior changes, resulting in her demand for dissolution of marriage last September, due to both his gym obsession and several supposed extra-marital affairs.
If convicted, 32-year-old frontman will be facing up to nine years in prison. His next court appearance is currently scheduled for May 29.