Blythe Manslaughter Trial Begins

Blythe is accused of causing the death of a fan in 2010, but the Lamb Of God singer has sworn to defend his innocence.

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Lamb Of God singer Randy Blythe has returned to the Czech Republic to face manslaughter charges, which he denies.

The charges stem from an incident in 2010 where a fan called Daniel Nosek died of head injuries sustained at a Lamb Of God show in Prague. Prosecutors allege that Blythe was responsible for throwing the fan from the stage, but he has sworn to defend his innocence.

In the local news report below, Blythe has swapped his long hair for a smarter look. He avoided answering reporter's questions and only spoke to his lawyer, but wrote one short message to fans via the Instagram social network:

"And so it begins. I am calm and prepared," Randy wrote on his Instagram account. "Everyone, thanks for your good thoughts and prayers. Have a nice day, y'all!"

In court, Blythe reminded attendees that he had returned to court as promised: "I've kept my word. I said that I would come back to court today and I did. I do not shy away from responsibility. I'm not a person who runs away from problems. But I do not want to be punished for something I did not do."

According to Blabbermouth, he explained that fans are normally prohibited from jumping onto the stage, but at the Prague gig in question the security had been inadequate which resulted in a chaotic and accident-prone environment.

"The fan's death breaks my heart," said Blythe.

Daniel Nosek's parents are seeking the equivalent of $530,000 in compensation.

"I'm not rich, and if I had to pay for something, I would have to earn it first," said Blythe. Previous reports have suggested he earns around $200,000 per year, mostly via merchandise. The band have run several sales to help raise money to pay for his legal fees.

The case is expected to last one week, and will continue tomorrow where 12 witnesses from the gig will share their account of events that night.

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    Props to the guy for going back over there. Not sure I'd have the balls.
    But if anyone has the balls it'd be Randy. Plus, if i were the prosecution and i were grilling Randy on the stand, all he'd have to do is look at me and scream and I'm pretty sure I'd shit my pants.
    Good luck, Randy. We're pulling for ya.
    I'm not. A fan jumped on stage just wanting have fun. Even if its not allowed, its a part of metal. Randy pushes him off and fan is killed. Think if it was your family member/friend, I would be pissed. He may not have meant it, but it doesn't mean he shouldn't pay consequences for needlessly ending one's life.
    You idiot, do you think that Nathan Gale "just wanted to have fun because it's a part of metal" when he went on stage and shot Dimebag Darrell and the Damageplan stage personnel? Stage climbing is prohibited for a reason, and if you break the rules, you have to take the consequences. I agree that it was far fetched that the LoG fan had to die, but the fault was entirely the security guard's at the right end of the stage. Besides, how the hell is stage climbing "a part of metal"?
    ah but you see, if a convicted murderer escapes from prison and murders again, while it is true that the prison security is at fault to a degree, in the end, that doesn't change the fact that the convict was the one committed a crime... i'm not much good with metaphors, but i think you get my point. anyways i hope the best for randy and i hope this was just one big misunderstanding or something.
    i agree people should be held accountable, but randy AND the security guard pushed the fan, as seen in the video. if your gonna prosecute randy blythe you gotta prosecute the security the same way, but that doesnt mean we cant hope for the best for the guy
    L.T Kickass
    Randy himself said that he knocked the fan down, and didn't mention the security guard.
    there's a video where it showed the same guy rushing the stage three seperate times, and you can't tell if Randy pushed him or not, a security dude was in the way.
    If it was my family member? Fuck yeah, I'd be pissed. I'd be pissed that he was stupid enough to jump on stage 3 times. I'd be pissed that he put me through this. I would not be pissed at Randy for defending himself.
    One time, actually. There was another fan who jumped up twice but Randy has poor eyesight and wasn't wearing contacts/glasses at the gig (I can tell you, as a musician with poor eyesight they are a real PITA to wear at metal gigs) and thus couldn't tell that it wasn't the same guy.
    wow, you do realize that even if he put himself in a risky situation, it doesn't mean it's okay for him to have died? if randy was somehow responsible (i seriously hope and think he's not) he should pay. do you see the man himself arguing "it's his fault for getting onstage in the first place"? NO, because that's a FUCKING STUPID argument
    To malahk, that's not a stupid argument at all. I'm not saying that he should just go to court saying "it was his own fault" as his case, but it is the fan's fault for getting on stage in the first place. Why? BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO GET ON THE FUCKING STAGE DURING A SHOW. Obviously it's not going to end well for you. Unfortunately in this guy's case, it ended tragically. But would it have happened had he followed the standard rules set for basically any show you got to? Probably not. This isn't Randy's fault at all (besides the fact that he barely pushed him if touched him at all.)
    yes i agree, he wasn't supposed to get up there in the first place, but that does not, in any way, in any sane judicial system, take the fault away from the guy(s?) who did the actual pushing (i'm not saying he did btw, i believe the contrary). that's why randy's not making that argument, that's why he argues he didn't push him, because the pushing is the central and most important part of the whole situation.
    When did I say it was ok for him to have died? That's totally crappy that he died; he didn't deserve that. But Randy does not deserve to go to jail because of it, either. And yes, he gambled with a lot of things when he made the decision to **** with the band, among them being physical/fatal injury. So it's ****ing stupid to say he's completely faultless.
    ok i definitely jumped the gun a bit, but so did you, as you can see in the statement directly above you, i agreed that the guy shouldn't have been onstage in the first place... you know what **** it, i have come to believe that maybe you and i disagree on this matter because of the way we are, so maybe it's futile for either of us to argue any further, in any case, i think we can agree that we support randy and hope for a fair trial
    I think we might be in violent agreement. Lol.
    What I should say is that if Randy is indeed responsible, then he should be convicted as such. I was merely trying to convey my belief that he is not.
    If you're jumping off a stage you have to expect there's a chance you're going to get hurt. I'm not trying to down play that this is a horrible tragedy, but if someone is to be held accountable I don't think the entire blame should be on Randy, or the security guard, or the fan. It's one of those things where everything that could go wrong did go wrong and it really sucks that this fan died as a result
    Blame it on the audience, apparently, no one raised their hands to grab him, instead, they split so that he hits the floor.
    I would have let the idiot who got kicked offstage for the 3rd time fall too. The fact is, the family and friends of this kid who died, they're trying to place blame everywhere. But first and foremost, the blame needs to be placed upon the bad behavior of the kid who died. As sad as it is that he did die, he should NEVER have been engaged in jumping onstage, let alone doing it 3 times.
    I understand where you're coming from, but the argument "what if it was your friend" doesn't mean anything. I don't get to choose the punishment for people who've done something to me or those I've loved, and I concider that a very healthy thing.
    The person's death was a accident, but if they really want to blame someone, why not the security people who didn't stop him from getting on the stage in the first place? Sounds like the parents are just after getting money from someone they think is a millionaire rockstar.
    Agreed. If there can even be anyone held responsible for this accident, other than the kid himself, its the venue's management for not providing adequate security. He jumped the stage and rushed Randy 3 times. If he had been stopped any of those 3 times, or kicked out after the 1st or 2nd time, this would never have happened.
    The security actually failed twice: at preventing the fan from getting on the stage and at removing the fan (there's video footage showing a guard pushing the dude off the stage like an animal, while Randy barely touches him). I'd not blame Randy either, but I'm simply a dude with an opinion, not a lawyer, so...
    You can only blame one person. Personally I don't hold security accountable. Not only is it a rule that you are not aloud on stage, its also common sense. If someone steals something from a store in a mall you can't blame security because they didn't stop it you can only blame the person who stole. Its a shame he had to die but its his own fault.
    Drache Wachter
    I'm in no way a fan of Lamb of God's music. However, I've followed this case since it came up last year and wish the best for him. I actually gained a bit of respect for him when he announced that he would actually go back to stand trial. How many people would do that when they could easily avoid the country and puss out of the case?
    I'd just like to point out that the article should read "a fan NAMED" not "a fan CALLED". Little disrespectful to the deceased.
    The witness stories are all over the place and video evidence shows the guy hitting his head without Blythe anywhere near him. They got nothing to stand on.
    switched the video for a better one..
    Oh so it would seem that this is not the incident or even the person in question... my bad.
    Honestly I don't what to think about the family of the dead boy.... "Daniel Nosek's parents are seeking the equivalent of $530,000 in compensation." Seriously "mom" and "dad"? I mean not even a "We want him in jail that's all that we are asking for" just money? jeez....a complete shame... I hope randy gets free of this bullshit
    Next guy that says "Murderer" needs to turn in a 1000 word report on criminal intent, and the difference between murder and manslaughter. Win, lose, it's already established he's not a murderer. But he might have killed a guy.
    I'm just happy to hear that he wised up and got himself a lawyer. (He had originally stated that he would act as his own attorney, if I recall correctly.) I would be fearful enough even with a lawyer, so the thought of him defending himself in some kangaroo court was unthinkable.
    This whole thing is ridiculous, they got a witness that has sworn that he saw Blythe push the fan off the stage with his both hands, even though the recorded video clearly shown him using one hand, holding a microphone in the other while a 200 pound security guard ran to the guy and pushed him, using both hands.
    Am I the only one who doesn't get why the parents are seeking compensation? How can any amount of money compensate for a death.
    Well, I can't figure out how to post a link here, so I'll just recount how I read a story yesterday about some Saudi cleric paying 'blood money' to the government after he beat and raped his own daughter to death. It's not uncommon for money to change hands in exchange for people getting killed. Apparently, payoffs are all the rage in the 3rd world (and yes, even with all their money, Saudi Arabia is 3rd world in my book). I mean, I guess it happens here in the US, too, but you have to sue and go to trial and testify how it takes an emotional toll when someone dies, and then a jury awards you money. Hey wait, I guess I just disproved my own point. Oh well. Shit is shit, no matter where it happens.
    I am not a Lamb of God fan. The opposite really. But if he's convicted it will be retarded. It's nobodies fault but the guy who wouldn't stop trying to get on the damn stage. If you're not in the band, stay off the stage, it's like anyone trying to do someone elses dangerous job, once you do something foolish you take responsibility for what happens to you. There's my 2 cents, best of luck to you Randy.
    I wish Randy the best with this. Gig security does need to be tightened up. The first time I went to Bloodstock, Municipal Waste decided to try and break the world record for most crowd surfers in one song. There were 8 security at the front, which quickly doubled to 16, but even so I saw some guys literally being thrown over the barrier by the crowd and landing on their backs after a 6 foot fall. I'm amazed that they all got up and walked away. Similarly, I've been at a few gigs that have allowed stage diving, although it's usually been from low stages like at the Camden Underworld and Nottingham Recue Rooms. Even so, those people that stage dive, crowd surf, and even those that enter the pit have to be aware that there is a helath risk involved. I know the pit isn't as bad as a lot of people would think- I've been in pits for Slayer, Exodus, Testament, and many more, and been fine. But I wouldn't stage dive or crowd surf, a) because I don't want everything falling out of my pockets, and b) because I don't want to be dropped on my head.
    I'm not even a LoG fan but I have a lot of respect for Randy for stepping up to the plate. Not an easy thing to do, I imagine. He's got my respect and support \m/