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
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) March 5, 2013
CONGRATS TO RANDY AND THE LAMB OF GOD BOYS!!JUSTICE!!AMAZING NEWS TO WAKE UP TO!!
— Robb Flynn (@TheGeneralMH) March 5, 2013
— 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
— DAVID DRAIMAN (@DAVIDMDRAIMAN) March 5, 2013
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
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.