Tim Lambesis Pleads 'Not Guilty,' Bail Officially Set at $3 Million

Meanwhile, the band reacts: "There are many unanswered questions." "He has become obsessed with bodybuilding," the wife said.

Tim Lambesis Pleads 'Not Guilty,' Bail Officially Set at $3 Million
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After this Tuesday's (May 7) shocking arrest, As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis has officially pleaded not guilty to charges of soliciting the murder of his estranged wife. With the bail set at $3 million, the 32-year-old singer was also ordered to wear a GPS monitor and stay away from his wife and their three children upon his release, LA Times reports. Lambesis is currently alleged to have hired an undercover detective for $1,000 to murder his estranged wife Meggan. Prosecutors revealed they are in possession of a recording showing the vocalist giving the officer a cash-filled envelope, home gate codes and images of his wife, telling the undercover sheriff's deputy to kill his wife while he is securing an alibi away from home with their children. Meanwhile, more details regarding the wife's demand for dissolution of marriage have surfaced. According to Meggan, her husband became preoccupied with the gym and incompetent to take care of their three adopted children, irresponsibly spending money on tattoos. "Specifically, he has become obsessed with bodybuilding and spends a great deal of time lifting weights, hanging out in the gym, and being unavailable to the children," the wife said. Deputy Dist. Atty. Claudia Grasso revealed that the frontman has sent his wife an email several months ago, telling her he no longer loves her or believes in God. Meggan has also discovered several of his extra-marital affairs. As for As I Lay Dying, the band has released a statement of their own, sending thoughts to Tim and his family, adding that "there are many unanswered questions." "As we post this, the legal process is taking its course and we have no more information than you do. There are many unanswered questions, and the situation will become clearer in the coming days and weeks," the group stated in a Facebook announcement. "We'll keep you informed as best we can. Our thoughts right now are with Tim, his family, and with everyone else affected by this terrible situation - and with our fans, whom we love and draw strength from. Thank you for understanding, and as always, for your support of As I Lay Dying." Lambesis' bandmates were in court on Thursday in support, along with representatives from Metal Blade Records, 5B Management and the group's attorney, Ian Friedman. Superior Court in Vista has now scheduled a readiness hearing for June 10 and preliminary hearing for July 10.

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    masterofpuppies
    I'm surprised it only costs $1000 to get someone killed
    sugeci
    One Direction gone for $5k? BARGAIN!
    DickHardwood
    We should put together a fundraiser.
    hotdogs585
    He was probably trying to get the biggest bang for his buck and when you do that while hitman shopping, you're going to raise your chances of hiring an undercover. Trust me I know, I'm typing this from my prison cell right now.
    avpr212
    Well it might cost up to $5000 for a hit, but i'm guessing an undercover cop is going to want people to come to him so he'll have lower prices.
    maggotpulse23
    hey probably just gave that as a prepayment once it was done he would have paid alot more watch the movies bro haha
    tyler_j
    "Our thoughts are with Tim's family, especially his wife, who he wants dead."
    gbrooks
    I spit beer all over the booth in front of me, but looking around, I don't think anyone noticed. Please excuse me while I laugh loudly into my sleeve
    soulgrenade
    If his bail is 3 million you can bet your ass they have a strong case against him.
    legend shredder
    Generally, if you hire an undercover detective to kill your wife, they might have a pretty strong case against him.
    Om_Bongo
    Bail is mostly relative to the accused's financial situation. Obviously stuff like this would be higher than say drunk driving, but it's usually a fairly high chunk of someones net worth (usually more to keep them in custody).
    sugeci
    I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. Innocent until proven guilty. I may eat these words but I can't just bias against the guy.
    My Last Words
    Judged on the downvotes here, a verdict has been reached already.. Sad folks, like we have any insight in this case whatsoever. Ignorancy rules..
    murtoll
    Ignorancy? hahahaha
    rolandroi
    how ironic XD
    JelloCrust
    A proper use of the word "ironic." How ironic in this day and age of people using it to mean facetious. Seriously though, to those saying "innocent till proven guilty," check out the facts of the case. Dude is clearly guilty.
    MichaelScarn
    unless the undercover deputy is a pathological liar, he is most likely guilty, and this sucks, im a big AILD fan, i even have a shirt lol
    vppark2
    I do too man, but after reading this, and hearing other news, I cant be a fan of his music anymore. Just doesnt feel the same.
    TSCreaturesband
    I was going to my final this morning, put on a band shirt by accident and noticed it was an AILD shirt. I took it off and put on a different shirt.
    chrisvasco23
    now guys, AILD was not the one that was arrested. it was tim. im just as shocked about this but im not going to start not liking the band because one person has this issue going on.
    vppark2
    Tim is co-founder and lead vocalist of the band. His lyrics portrayed something of meaning, and positive. Its quite difficult to not feel the way I feel now. He seems to be the type that is irreplaceable, as one of my favorite vocalists, idk what the others in the band will think of the future of their band.
    MetalHeart14
    I'm kind of really disappointed in him, he was one of my favorite vocalists too. Didn't think he would turn out like this.
    iommi600
    This. It's pretty stupid to jump into conclusions without any evidence or additional information about the case. And this works equally for people wanting him to go to jail already and fans using the argument that "he looked like a great guy, therefore he's innocent".
    Machineflame
    I could be wrong, but i believe american law states guilty until proven innocent. Sadly, I have to say it doesn't seem to look good for Him
    saint_berzerker
    It basically does. Most people think it says the opposite. That is, until they get arrested for something.
    smittyanthrax
    i smell roid rage.
    captain_blood
    Yes, because roid rage makes someone hire someone else to kill someone.
    PuckMugger
    Um, in this case, yes...but not just roids, you can probably throw in some oxywhatever and amphetamines. It's widely known that certain pharmacological chemicals can kill you or cause you to want to harm others.
    Molomono
    Blaming his attempt to hire a hitman on roids is about as valid as blaming a woman for hiring a hitman due to PMS.
    Skaden
    Glad to see the $70k Austrian Death Machine kickstarter money is finally being used :p "Specifically, he has become obsessed with bodybuilding and spends a great deal of time lifting weights, hanging out in the gym, and being unavailable to the children," the wife said. Ahll cahl it, TWENTY FIVE HOUR FITNESS, FOR ONE EXTRA HAHOUR, OF WORKING OUHT!
    RCA1186
    Discombobulating corpse terminization urbanization governmentalibation exploding montezumahs blasting power revenge!!!!