As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis addressed his ongoing murder solicitation trial, calling it a "fairly complex story" and warning the public not to get caught up in the "sensationalism of the press."
In an official blog post that was subsequently removed, Lambesis kicked off by noting he is "simply not allowed" to "explicitly state" his current worldview or explain his court case.
"Some day I will be able to tell the story of all that has happened in detail to get the facts straight and representing the many sides to this fairly complex story," the singer said (via Blabbermouth). "In the meantime, many of you will make your assumptions and take the sensationalism of the press focusing on selling points at face value. I can't stop that from happening, and I've learned something by not having that kind of control."
He continued, saying, "The people who want understanding will wait until the formalities and trials are done. Strangely enough, those type of minds are the people least likely to be judgmental even if I am found guilty. Those reporting from the courtroom will only pass along select facts and the case itself will only require select facts that do not encompass the entirety events.
"On the other hand, the seemingly larger percentage of people delight in voicing their opinion even though I personally have never said a word about even a single detail related to my case. Unspecific to me, that is a terribly sad reality greatly in contrast to the type of discussion I intend to start by choosing to post again."
In the remainder of the post, the frontman pointed out that he will now give full attention to studying, calling his incarceration a "unique opportunity of being able to focus and study like I may never have again in life."
As we've already noted, the original statement was removed, with the latest note now saying that "too many people are trying to twist what is said, even if it's something as simple as what I've been reading."
"There was originally a post with a short list of books," the singer stated. "Then a second post addressing why I was only talking about reading material rather than the trial. Even something that simple has been taken out of context as some sort of press release."
Lambesis was arrested on May 7 for allegedly hiring an undercover police officer to murder his estranged wife Meggan. The vocalist's next court date is currently set for September 16. If convicted, the 32-year-old will be facing up to nine years behind bars.