As I Lay Dying Frontman Tim Lambesis Arrested In Murder-For-Hire Plot

Police say Lambesis sought the help of an undercover detective to have his estranged wife killed.

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As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly hiring an undercover detective to have his wife murdered.

The 32-year-old singer was taken into custody around 2 p.m. at a retail business in Oceanside as soon as the San Diego County Sheriff's Department discovered the murder plans. His wife Meggan is currently living in the city of Encinitas with their three adopted children from Ethiopia.

"The information came to us late last week," the official spokeswoman Jan Caldwell tells Reuters. "We acted quickly on it. I believe that we averted a great tragedy."

Back in September 2012, Lambesis' wife filed papers seeking a dissolution of marriage. It is still unknown whether such actions influenced the vocalist in any way to form the supposed murder plans.

According to the sheriff's office, the arrest itself was carried out "without incident." A representative from the group's label Metal Blade could not be reached at the moment, with no one answering the door at the singer's home in Del Mar and the neighbors refusing to give any statements whatsoever.

As I Lay Dying have recently been touring China, with the latest Twitter announcement from Lambesis saying: "Goodbye China. I'll be home in about 15 hours."

The frontman is expected to appear in court for an arraignment on Wednesday or Thursday. A spokesman for the San Diego District Attorney's Office was not available for comment.

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    im not mental
    ffs Tim, you play in As I Lay Dying, not Bullet for my Valentine...
    im not mental
    serious post: if this is true, he's a scumbag and i'm glad he got caught.
    In all honesty it is kind of disappointing. I don't know a lot about him but he didn't seem like a douchebag. At least out of a lot of the guys in bands like that. He seemed the least douchey.
    UniformRecon're kind of a douchebag if you try to have someone murdered. Edit: especially your WIFE.
    Because **** "innocent until proven guilty"
    @socks if he hired an undercover detective to do it, there's not much you can use to defend yourself, short of "whoa man! kidding!" let's face it, the guy is screwed
    Uh, no one said you AREN'T a douchebag if you try to have someone murdered.
    the honor of least douchey went and still goes to nick hipa, not tim anyway, as a long time fan i'm really shocked by this news.
    @im not mental: The key is IF it's true. If it's not true, then.../shrug Either way, I don't see this helping his marriage.
    Von II
    I agree that it certainly isn't a neat thing or the right thing to do (just divorce maybe?), but how much do we know about his wife? For all we know she's a crazy woman who has been driving him mad for the last few years and something just snapped when he came back from China.
    Sounds like you're trying to justify it. You do understand what murder is don't you?
    Von II
    I'm absolutely not saying that murder is ok, although that's what people seem to understand when I look at the ratings for my comment. I meant that nobody even questions WHY he did what he did. Everybody either says that he's a scumbag for doing this, or that he looked like a nice guy before this. A nice guy just doesn't go planning a murder without any motive. I repeat, murdering her is NOT OK.
    A nice guy doesn't go planning a murder, period. Motive or no motive.
    He ALLEGEDLY sought to have his wife murdered. Innocent until proven guilty... Cops in Southern California are ****ed up people.
    Sorta a gray area - if you go by "innocent until proven guilty" when a murder plot is involved, that proof may come too late.
    Usually if two people hate each other, normal people get a divorce. Only scumbags plot a murder.
    You know, if you want to hire a hitman....the police station isn't the best place to look. Silly.
    Based upon his character, lyrics and interviews, Tim is one of the last people i'd expect to do anything like this
    Tell Me about it, i couldn't move for like 4 minutes, I almost said "What the ****!?" Out loud and woke everyone up in my house. This is a shame, a real shame...
    This is the most idiotic thing I've ever read.
    I'm guessing you have never been to Encinitas, not saying murder is alright and this news IS a HUGE letdown to me, but parasitic gold dinging *****s roam free down there. Though i doubt that's the motive.
    Do you even realize how much you just contradicted the **** out of yourself with that last sentence? Lol moron
    What i said has no context anymore since the original comment has since then been removed. So no, i don't even know what the contradiction is.
    Obviously it did when I commented on it. Nice attempt at saving face, though.
    Mouloudo provided the context i have no control over his decisions regarding removing a comment or not.