Steroids to Blame for Tim Lambesis' Murder-for-Hire Plot, Claims Defense Attorney

As I Lay Dying frontman was allegedly in a so-called "roid rage" while soliciting the murder of his wife, bail lowered to $2 million.

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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.

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    DickHardwood
    Roid Rage? On PLANNING a murder? I fear this is stupid enough to actually work.
    JelloCrust
    Also, when somebody commits vehicular manslaughter under the influence of alcohol, it does not make the sentence any less severe. Fool did something terrible, and now he's going to have to deal. Good news for me, Austrian Death Machine is going to need a vocalist. Time to prepare some audition videos.
    Greaser James
    Good point man. Steroids/HGH mess with your head bad. I have no doubt that his steroid use had a large role to play, but in the end it makes no difference. The man deserves no allowances based on his drug habit.
    jannick
    Exactly. I don't think a steroid-user would plan a murder on his wife. Beat her senseless maybe. But planning? come on.
    greekmozo34
    Use Chris Benoit for example. that dude killed his wife, child, then himself. He didn't have a Hitman do it for him cause he wasn't a pussy!...oh shit...that sounds so wrong.....
    Igamikun
    Dark but funny, I gave it a thumbs up. I remember watching Chris Benoit wrestle when I was a kid, guy was pretty douchey.
    i_am_metalhead
    How is it stupid? Go study biology and psychology. Steroids are just another drug. They have the ability to alter a person's thought pattern just like any other drug out there.
    ehbacon
    I wish they hadn't lowered bail, now it wouldn't be that hard for huge fans to rally and pay bail. He deserves to rot in jail.
    jannick
    hey I'm all for letting killers rot in jail, but at least give the court a chance to decide first. That's what we do in western civilisation...
    kopij1989
    IWouldn't doubt it all that much. I hung out with As I Lay Dying in 2005 when they played Molly Blooms 2 and he was a super nice guy and extremely laid back. I know multiple people that started juicing and their attitudes and behaviors completely changed. So if that's the case or not, it's really not the worse argument in court if you literally have nothing else. In that case some jail time can be replaced with rehab for the roids if the lawyers good.
    iommi600
    Judge: "Timothy Lambesis, I declare you guilty of murder-for-hire plot." Tim: "Bro, do you even lift?"
    millarso
    I always used to love Tim, but this is probably what that shitty phrase was truly meant for. Thank you.
    orion82698
    First he was setup, now "the juice" made him do it?? Cut the bullshit and admit you were stupid and got caught.
    ChucklesMginty
    According to prosecutor Claudia Grasso, frontman gave a man referred to as "Red" an envelope containing $1,000
    I'm onto you Ash Ketchum.
    Vash_15
    Was he on roid rage when he asked for a hitman? Was he on roid rage when he drove home and thought about what he was doing? Was he on roid rage when he decided he should definitely go meet this person, that it was definitely a good idea, and that he totally wanted his wife dead? Bullshit defense and anyone with basic thought processes could tell.
    Plagueheart
    Honestly this is getting hilarious/absurd. It's extremely clear to me that he is guilty and was conscious of all of this. Roid rage is usually a sudden outburst of anger and violence, not carefully planning for your wife to be murdered.
    i_am_metalhead
    Go do some research before you open your mouth. People who abuse steroids often display high levels of aggressiveness, hostility, anxiety, and paranoia on a regular basis. It's not something that lasts five minutes and then is over with.
    EqualOfHeaven
    Wow, this guy and his defense council found themselves against the ropes quickly. I suppose they're atleast smart enough to know that the best they can hope for at the moment is a reduced sentance. I doubt they'll even get that though, as many people have pointed out already such a defense does not apply to a pre-meditated act, only to spontanious actions.
    dingotron
    I agree. He's basically been caught. I was a bit surprised on how quickly the defense has had to start sorting through excuses, though.
    azrael667
    This might work for manslaughter but not for PLANNED MURDER. I hope it doesn't that is.
    Nwright14
    Great, now this is only going to propagate the stereotype that all steroid users are insane, murderous jackasses. This guy may in fact be guilty as there seems to be a substantial amount of evidence, however I haven't heard of any drug testing that was done to confirm that he actually was using steroids. Even if he was using steroids, "roid rage" is a bullshit myth. If you're a naturally violent person using steroids it will make you exponentially more violent. If you're naturally jovial person it will make you exponentially more jovial as a result of use. Steroids don't "make" a person violent, the person makes the person violent.
    logicbdj
    It doesn't matter if he was on steroids... how long have we known about possible side effects like aggression? 10-15 years? It's like taking up smoking today and complaining about lung cancer and stroke 30 years later. You know the downside before going in.
    dedguy666
    It really is a shame. Dude was on top of the world. He was a respected metal vocalist, great band, great fans... only to throw it all away. I just want to know what the hell is gonna happen with that Austrian Death Machine album I helped fund? (Or at least that's what I thought I was funding...)
    slash_rocks2005
    steroids don't cause roid rage. they only enhance your personality...if you're a dick before AAS, you'll be more of a dick after you start taking AAS. if you're a calm gentle person before AAS, you'll be the same after, only a bit more confident and feeling better. once again lawyers playing on the media and general public's lack of knowledge of a subject. and he certainly doesn't look like he's on AAS, he just looks like he works out and eats. anyone can balloon up in weight if you eat a ton of food and lift weights. but gaining pure muscle mass with no fat in a short amount of time is a different story. anyone who's never been on 'gear/AAS/steroids' knows nothing about what it can do. 'i know a guy...' stories and what you see on the news is completely unreliable. the same goes for those who ABUSE the gear as opposed to USING it in correct dosage. now every murderer will be sure to start injecting testosterone a week before they start killing people to hope they can get a reduced sentence.
    Rajah
    Amen! Finally someone who knows something about steroids and not the propaganda fed to the masses in the media.
    SanaySK
    I actually don't believe Tim used/is using steroids. He slowly grew bigger over the course of 2 years. Steroids "beef" you up in months. Also he was laughing literally 2 seconds after the picture was taken. I don't think roid-rage had anything to do with what he may or may not have done.
    i_am_metalhead
    First off, it was less than two years. Second, even if it was over the course of two years, 50 pounds of muscle is a tremendous amount to pack in in that short of time. There is no doubt in my mind that he used steroids.
    trevors685
    Why is everyone downvoting this? Just because a man has size doesn't mean he took steroids.
    forsaknazrael
    I agree. It's really annoying to see that sort of mentality. The moment anybody puts on an iota of muscle, people just yell 'ROIDS!' as if that was the only way to build up significant muscle mass.
    millarso
    In all honesty, having been an As I lay Dying fan for quite a while... he did bulk up in a pretty short amount of time.
    eloera1
    You obviously dont know about fitness and performance enhancment products. Trust me they change the way you feel, think and act.
    deathofagod
    What are you talking about eloera1? He's not talking about his mental state due to steroid use, he's talking about how long it took him to beef up. He's saying he doesn't believe he even took steroids in the first place, not that steroids didn't affect his mental state. Funnily enough, people can just be crazy adulterating psychos, without the influence of drugs. In any case, steroids affect AGGRESSION, so if he was to off his wife, he'd have just beat her to a pulp, not go seeking a hitman. Of course that is more of an assumption than a definite truth, but it is an informed assumption nonetheless.
    maowcat
    I like how you say he may or may not have done, why is he making the steroid claim in the first place then? The guys caught, i have no doubt he'll be proved guilty and thrown in a cell with a well endowed, pussy starved inmate who doesn't care where he sticks it any more.
    i_am_metalhead
    You obviously have no clue how the prison system works. The man is a celebrity. If he's convicted he will more than likely be placed in PC.
    K!!LsWiTcH
    arent steroids illegal? a defense for a crime shouldnt be that he was in the middle of committing another crime
    benjixoath
    they're only illegal in regards to sports competitions nothing illegal about using them. they're used as medicine. just you cant use them and then enter a bodybuilding/sports competition
    i_am_metalhead
    They are only legal if they are prescribed to you. That's like saying that since morphine can be legally prescribed that it's legal for just anyone to get high on morphine.
    thkoby
    I take steroids when I have asthmatic attacks. I've never planned to kill anybody on them though, they just help my breathing.
    lawrence.burrou
    Those aren't the same type of steroids. My brother has asthma. They gave him steroids too. But they aren't anabolic.
    GuitarGod610
    So his defense for killing his wife is that he took steroids? How does that help his case in any possible way? Steroid use is illegal, murder is illegal, and now he's guilty of both.
    sudsypatriarch
    Isn't Roid Rage a movie where hemorrhoids starts killing people? Gotta suck to be him.
    HmhWolf
    ...Please tell me you're being facetious and you're not seriously under the impression that hemorrhoids is why he tried to get his wife killed.
    hansome21
    Dude, they might as well come out and say he's guilty... "He was on drugs, he would never act like that!" = Admission of guilt.
    malahk
    the defense is going with one stupid argument only to drop it to use another stupid argument, pity, though i must admit, his case seems particularly hard...
    JelloCrust
    This has replaced Dave Mustain for ridiculous bullshit. While the subject of murder is not to be taken lightly, he did not succeed, and now it is just getting stupid, which makes for some laughs.
    Rawker8
    Lambesis stated where As I Lay Dying "is heartfelt and full of passion" Austrian Death Machine on the other hand "is an outlet of pure testosterone and stupidity." This about sums it up.
    vppark2
    Well, Tim, for a guy who stated in the lyrics of A Greater Foundation, "Sometimes we have to watch our whole lives fall apart, before we can rebuild them again". I personally think that you were planning this.
    chrisatgrace
    Roid rage definitely doesn't spawn planned homicide. Lame. Yet another crime blamed on the juice. It's stupid crap like this that gives them a bad rap.
    BlameTheDrugs
    total BS. btw great attorney, really...he basically admitted that Tim is guilty of hiring an "el cheapo" hitman and also guilty of taking illegal steroids. btw Tim Lambesis - it's called a divorce or a separation - when you're lucky enough, you do not have to see her ever again. so much talk on how "christian" band you are, yeah, right. btw you were the one indulging extra-marital affairs, so ending the marriage should seem like a better idea than murder.
    MrCheezus
    What hitman could he possibly afford? It's not like he could hire the likes of Sammy "The Bull" Gravno or Richard Kuklinski.
    Lord.Yosef.Vonl
    Roid Rage is unpredictable at the best of times. If he really wanted her dead he would've pulled a Chris Benoit...
    Greenfinger182
    Roid Rage is a myth at the best of times. Still not a single medical study to prove it. "There is no reliable scientific data that conclusively says that elevated levels of administered testosterone lead to excessive rage or behavioral disorders," Sperry said. "All the testing that's been done regarding that has been completely inconclusive." (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,2896... Chris Benoit's brain was partially destroyed due to taking excessive chairs and tables to the face (ah the wrestling lifestyle), to quote the medical examiner: "Benoit's brain was so severely damaged it resembled the brain of an 85-year-old Alzheimer's patient." Believe it or not, despite what you may have heard, dementia and a complete lack of reasoning due to brain damage is a lot more dangerous than any anabolic steroid will ever be. Even if steroids can increase aggression, they CANNOT make you psychotic.
    BwareDWare94
    All these comments about Steroids and how they actually affect people...I wasn't aware there were so many medical experts at UG. Drugs and toxins affect people differently, and the simple fact is that many of you want Tim to be absolutely guilty and 100% responsible, regardless of what something might be doing to his mental state. I suggest most of you shut the **** up and let the cards play out.
    Somniferous-Sil
    No, the fact is that the information that's out there about these drugs show a pattern in an increase of aggression and a decline in good judgment. If Tim was taking them this has to be taken into consideration. I'm still holding out on saying guilty but it doesn't look good.
    Rajah
    He's responsible for what he puts into his body and has to take responsibilty for the outcome. Would you feel sorry for a drunk driver that kills someone? Wasn't their fault, it was the alcohol.
    CoolMcAwesome
    unfortunately you have to conclude guilty though. His defense team already admit guilt with this plea. they are saying "yes it was him, but he was acting under the influence of roids". It is just a matter of sorting out how much time they can knock off the sentence.
    jmag
    'Roid rage - planned homicide? Can this get any weirder?
    E34Kevin
    articles like these assume steroids cause "roid rage" that cause people to do bad things. Its propaganda, you are who you are and you'll do what you decide.
    i_am_metalhead
    Go do some drugs for a while and see if you're the same person that you were before you started using them.