Undercover officer gives his testimony to the court, frontman's arraignment scheduled for October 22.
Posted on Sep 17, 2013 10:57 am
After yesterday's (September 16) preliminary hearing, San Diego judge ruled that Tim Lambesis will face trial on charges of plotting the murder of his estranged wife Meggan.
The hearing included a testimony from undercover police officer known as "Red," the man posing as a hitman whom Lambesis allegedly hired to carry out the murder.
The detective noted that the frontman confirmed wanting to have his wife killed several times. In his words, Lambesis allegedly said "just to clarify, just so you know, I do want her dead" at the end of the meeting at which they discussed murder details.
According to Red, the singer's restriction from seeing his children, along with the fact that his wife was going to get most of his income through divorce had Lambesis agitated and likely drove him to hire a hitman.
"He wasn't allowed to see his kids, he wasn't allowed to take his kids out of the state or on tour with him and that angered him, and then the fact that his wife was going to get a large portion up to 60 percent of his income," Red told the court.
After ruling that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial, Judge Robert Kearney scheduled Lambesis' arraignment for October 22 at the courthouse in Vista, California, when the trial date will officially be set.
The prosecutors have noted that back in August, the frontman sent an email from tour to his wife looking to end their relationship, saying he doesn't love her. Meggan later learned that her husband was also having an affair, Sky News reports.
As previously reported, Lambesis allegedly gave the undercover hitman $1,000 and was willing to pay the full sum of $20,000 for the murder. He also allegedly provided Red with the gate key to the house and details on carrying out the murder.
Since May, the singer's been free on $2 million bail and is ordered to wear a GPS monitor. The arrest was initially carried out on May 7 in Oceanside. If convicted, 32-year-old Lambesis will face up to nine years in prison.