Randy Blythe Cleared Of Manslaughter Charges; Fans And Musicians React

Lamb Of God frontman acquitted of all charges for the death of a fan. Prosecutors already planing an appeal.

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Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe was officially found not guilty for the death of 19-year-old fan Daniel Nosek at the group's concert in Prague in 2010. The three judge panel has acquitted the singer of all charges yesterday, the same day the trial was continued after a one month break.

"We did not find criminal responsibility in the actions of the defendant. We found moral responsibility. There has been the death of a young man who had not been guilty of anything. The acquittal does not prevent the defendant, if he feels some moral responsibility, to enter negotiations with the family of the victim and act accordingly," stated the presiding judge Tomas Kubovec.

"I have been found not guilty & acquitted of all charges against me. I am a free man. This photo was taken by my friend @aceyslade - it says it all. Please remember the family of Daniel Nosek in your thoughts & prayers in this difficult time. I only wish for them peace. Thank you for your support. Randy," the singer posted on his Instagram profile.

Before the verdict was given, Blythe addressed the court expressing remorse for the unfortunate event, taking full responsibility for his actions.

"I know I did not hurt or want to hurt anybody that night. I can understand the pain that the family of Daniel is experiencing. Daniel was a fan of my band. I had no wish to harm him. He was just a boy and I wish he was still here. If ultimately the Czech legal system sentences me to prison, I will do my sentence like a man. I have searched for an answer to this situation, the only one I can find to this tragic and horrible accident."

Prior to entering court yesterday, the vocalist has thanked the Nosek family for not attacking him in the press and their "kind words in the court." The family members were visibly upset and have cried during the trial with Daniel's mother and brother allegedly being under psychiatric care.

However, the prosecutors are already planning to appeal the final ruling and have eight days to put their decision in action. Prior to Blythe's acquittal, they were suggesting a 5 years prison sentence and a compensation of 10 million Czech Koruna (about $530,000) to the Nosek family.

The fans and musicians around the globe have instantly posted their reactions to the final verdict, expressing happiness and relief. You can check out some of their posts below.

Spread #RandyIsFreeMan Lamb Of God is back !

— Lamb Of God (@Lambofgodband) March 5, 2013

Congrats to our friend Randy Blythe! He was acquitted on all charges today.

— Pantera (@OfficialPantera) March 5, 2013

So happy to hear about my bro @lambofgodband Randy Blythe. The circumstances are brutal, but you were as stand up as could be possible. #Man

— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) March 5, 2013


— Robb Flynn (@TheGeneralMH) March 5, 2013

#notguilty ...see you on the road soon, Randy, @markduanemorton @lambofgodband

— Metal Blade Records (@MetalBlade) March 5, 2013

We didn't know him, don't think we even met him, but we're happy Randy Blythe of Lamb Of God was acquitted of all... fb.me/MMO8PVHn

— HammerFall (@HammerFall4REAL) March 5, 2013

Our good friend Randy Blythe of Lamb of God has been found not guilty of all charges against him. We wish our... fb.me/2qMWlmuZO

— In Flames OFFICIAL (@InFlames_SWE) March 5, 2013

FREE AT LAST. CONGRATS RANDY. LAMB OF GOD Frontman Acquitted Of Manslaughter blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode


So happy to hear about my brother Randy Blythe...he is a man of strength, honor & dignity and handled this whole ordeal w bravery & courage!

— Mike Portnoy (@MikePortnoy) March 5, 2013

So glad to hear the verdict that our brother Randy Blythe has been acquiited of the manslaughter charges. @lambofgodband

— OVERKILL (@OverkillBand) March 5, 2013

Glad to hear Randy Blythe has escaped the clutches of the infamous Czech justice system. Now he can get back where he belongs, blowing me.

— Oderus Urungus (@TheRealOderus) March 5, 2013

If what I'm seeing on the Internet is right, and that Randy Bltyhe is a free man now; I'm moved beyond words. He is truly an honorable man.

— Matthew Kiichi Heafy (@matthewkheafy) March 5, 2013

Great news to wake up to!#RandyIsFree

— mark hunter (@chimairamark) March 5, 2013

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So Randy Blythe is a free man! Now that you can see the entire situation in retrospective, what are your opinions about the whole trial? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    Blythe acted with nothing but grace, tact, intelligence and compassion throughout an extremely difficult time for all involved. Was so refreshing to see this amongst all the Courtney Love, Kerry King etc etc quotes that spew from UG news. Congrats Randy!!
    I agree. I can't stand his band's music or that sort of music in general but it was refreshing to read how well he handled this ordeal. He seems like a very respectable man.
    There's 2 things ma****as gotta know about J to the r o c straight up, you know what im sayin. First of all I spin more rymes then a lazy susan and I'm innocent untill my guilt is proven....PIECE represent Sunnyvale straight the **** up!
    This is great news. Now give him back his 400,000+ dollars that he paid, Czech government.
    Congratulations for posting the news a day later than every other news site On another note, HELL YEAH! Glad he's free
    I hardly read any other music web sites, so it's still new for me!
    Oderus's response made me laugh. This is great news though, I can't express the amount of respect and admiration I have gained for Randy throughout this whole ordeal.
    he's funny, but he could be a prick sometimes.... i guess i just don't know GWAR enough.
    Regardless of whether you're a fan of the music of LoG or not, the way Blythe handled the situation, and the respect he showed to fans, the family of the kid who died, and the Czecch government/justice system, truly shows how in times like these, people should act towards one another. Randy should be a role model for today's younger generation, not the Kardashians. Congrats on your freedom Randy! Can't wait until you come to Canada!!!
    Randy is a class act. Even if you don't like Lamb of God's music, you can see he handled this situation in an incredibly admirable way. Mad props to you, Randy, my respect for you as a person has gone through the roof.
    My respect isn't just through the roof, it destroyed the roof altogether.
    I don't like Lamb of God particularly. However, what I do like is the courage that this man has to stand up for himself see this whole awful episode through. Respect, dude.
    Great news, a sensible end to what was clearly a very tragic accident. I'm not a fan of LOG but I have to say Randy has my eternal respect due to way he has conducted himself. He was brave, respectful and sensitive in the face of extreme adversary and worry. Kids, if you are looking for a role model, look no further! Kudos! RIP Daniel and I hope his family can come to terms with their loss.
    Randy has been so humble and respectful during this nightmare for both sides. no one wins cuz in the end the parents are still never gonna get their son back but lets face it...fans jumping on stage can be scary... just ask DIMEBAG...oh u can't cuz a fan who rushed the stage KILLED him. I don't know what was in Randy's mind that night but i think it would have been in mine. I hope the appeal is dropped. Randy doesn't make millions just cuz he is from the USA. The landscape of music has changed and artists don't get paid like they once did.
    Thrilled to pieces that he made it out Been following this story for a while now, wish my congratulations to Randy, as well as sympathies to the Nosek family.
    We know, I posted a link to a better article informing people of him being free almost immediately after you posted yours yesterday.
    I dislike Lamb Of God, but my respect for Randy shot through the roof during this ordeal. He handled it really well.
    "However, the prosecutors are already planning to appeal the final ruling and have eight days to put their decision in action." So it's not really over yet, is it?
    I think Mike Portnoy said it best. Respect to Randy, and my sympathies and respect to Daniel's family.
    Although it's great news Randy's been cleared of all charges, it's still sad that a kid died for no good reason. Props to Randy though, he couldn't have been more honourable and respectful throughout all this.
    Even with an appeal they might as well smother another failure and lay this to rest. All they will do is destroy them selves and no one will give a... well you know the rest. He handled himself admirably even in the midst of tragedy. I don't claim to be a fan of LoG, beyond the song I quoted there, but Randy's got a lot of respect in my book
    Fucking great news that he has been acquitted. $530,000 though? I guess these people must think that just because he is a rockstar, he must be made of money...
    Such a great man, and hopefully the prosecution just backs off their pointless attacks on Randy
    That's great news! I had a bad feeling the verdict was going to be the other way.
    Randy is a free man until the Czech prosecutors decide to appeal the decision within the next 6 days. That said, Randy's head may have emerged out of those troubled waters, but he's absolutely not done with that case until next week. Good news, yes, but not the end at all.
    So much respect for how he's handled this, hopefully he at least got some good material out of this, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, or turns you into a paranoid wreck. Either way it should add an interesting element to the next record.
    Sudden realisation that you didn't get in quick enough? What about the appeal UG? What about it huh?
    Why can I imagine Randy in Pulp Fiction, turning his back and shouting "I DON'T REMEMBER ASKING YOU A GODDAMN THING" from that video frame? Anyway, I already said what I had to on previous articles about this. Glad all this mess is over and props for Randy for acting like a true man. EDIT: this wasn't supposed to be a reply, damn it.
    I think he looks a bit more Reservior Dogs, but you're right. That could be a meme- Blythe, in that video frame, saying pretty much ANY tough-guy phrase.
    There is no information on the Appeal because it hasn't been processed through the courts yet, do you have any comprehension of the legal system at all? Today is the first of 8 days that they are allowed to submit an appeal, doesn't mean they will or have.
    How come that Oderus manages to look and sound like an idiot every single time he writes or speaks about something?
    I know, I think the same thing everytime I watch the colbert report (remember those silent Ts). I mean why would someone who professes so hard to being a conservative make conservatives sound stupid so consistently? There must be an explanation, I'm currently torn between a government conspiracy and ancient aliens... or is it both? DUH DUH!!!
    Le Fantome
    Oderus and the rest of Gwar know Randy personally, and are pretty good friends, so I'm pretty sure he was just making a friendly joke.
    anvil is god
    Faggot was guilty.
    Someone's mad.
    anvil is god
    I'm not mad, just hoping that he doesn't come to my house and shove me off of my couch.
    I blame both the security guy and Randy. I'm sorry but you can see in the video how they both push the fan off stage too harshly. I'm sick of loyal fans paying way too much for musicians to carry on living their privileged lifestyle just to be treated like shit. Then on top of that these fans support this treatment and are stupid enough to still believe this man is innocent despite there being VIDEO EVIDENCE of him throwing the fan off stage. How deluded can people get when there's video evidence? It's a shame, but I'm sorry, he's guilty of manslaughter. I know he had no intentions of hurting or killing the fan, but he should have been more careful. Also, I have this feeling that he feels no remorse and instead is reacting like he's 100% innocent and that Czech people are insane for accusing him. I can guarantee you that if it was an unknown band that killed a fan, there would be an outrage and life sentences handed out.
    UG, a mere 2 days late with the report, I hope Blythe wasn't using this as his source of info...
    So then what happened? This guy was around when the kid died or what? Did he die in a mosh pit or something? Unless I skipped over something due to fatigue this article is extremely vague.
    So the fact that he killed a fan is ok? I get that he was defending himself, but something still feels off.
    He strongly believes he was not responsible for the fan's death, and the court ended up agreeing with him. He didn't even have to go back and do this trial at all; he was a free man. He just believed so strongly that he needed to clear his name that he did it anyway.
    Did you even pay attention to the trial? Because the whole point of the trial was proving he was NOT responsible for killing the kid.