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.