Tim Lambesis Was Set Up, Claims Defendant Attorney

As I Lay Dying frontman could be a victim of a police snitch, says attorney Anthony Salerno.

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As I Lay Dying frontman's attorney Anthony Salerno recently gave a statement regarding his client's status, claiming that Tim Lambesis might have been set up by a police snitch.

Lambesis was arrested last Tuesday (May 7) on charges of soliciting the murder of his estranged wife Meggan. After pleading not guilty, the court had the bail set at $3 million, ordering the 32-year-old singer to wear a GPS monitor and hand over his passport.

According to the attorney, the source in this particular case might be a police informant, or in his own words "a snitch," who set up the whole scenario as somewhat of a trap for Lambesis to fall into.

"I would anticipate myself asking for quite a bit of additional discovery, particularly on this person I strongly suspect is a snitch and is an informant for the police and was really creating this whole scenario and sort of setting Tim up," Salerno told Artisan News. "I believe there's a good probability he may be a police informant. And that information is only available internally with the police department, or in this case the San Diego Sheriff's Department, and through the D.A.'s office, and that's something I'm gonna have to explore as well."

Without making any accusations, Salerno also pointed out at the fact that frontman's wife's brother works as a San Diego Sheriff's deputy, describing it as "at the bare minimum very coincidental."

"There's one other element to this, too, which is ... I don't want to start to make accusations on this one unless I have some more information, but I will point out that Tim's wife's brother, I understand, is a San Diego Sheriff's deputy, and I think I would be remiss if I didn't fully explore that, 'cause that is a little bit ... it's at the bare minimum very coincidental, and it may be more than that."

Defendant attorney also named the fact that his client wasn't charged with conspiracy as a "major victory," as it immediately diminished any chances for a life sentence.

"He was arrested for conspiracy to commit murder, which carries a life sentence, as well as being booked for soliciting murder," Salerno said. "I won't necessarily get too deep in the details of the law surrounding conspiracy, but I came to believe very strongly that there is absolutely no way that he could be even charged with conspiracy, much less convicted of it.

"One of the first things I did was to reach out directly to the district attorney that was assigned to the case and had some conversations with her. And she, in fact, did decide for Tim not to be charged with conspiracy, which was a big victory, 'cause that took a potential life sentence off the table before he was even charged. That's something that jumped out at me right away - that I needed to do that early intervention - so we did that."

As I Lay Dying also gave their own comments regarding the entire situation, sending their thoughts to Lambesis and his family and saying that "there are many unanswered questions." Superior Court in Vista has scheduled a readiness hearing for June 10 and preliminary hearing for July 10.

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    I'm an outsider to all this, but "I want her dead" "yes, thats exactly what I want" and giving him a thousand dollars doesn't sound like a setup to me
    honestly the fact that this police informant just 'happened' to be involved in the whole situation in the first place is very suspect and I think it should be properly investigated by a third party before anyone can properly cast judgement
    Iced Earth9
    Hey, if the guy talked about it openly to his gym buddies... I mean I would have called the cops on him, and I guess the police collaborated with the people he went to the gym with.
    yeah they say the police were informed and a sting opperation was set up for him, according to my local news anyway
    I really hope this was a setup and he didn't try and do this. But again, the facts will set the record straight.
    Doesn't change the fact that he wants her dead.
    I don't give a **** if he wants her dead. that's his business. the difference between normal people and murderers is that normal people don't do stuff even if they want to. he can want it all he wants lol. I hope this turns out that he was set up because I really like AILD and I've met Tim before, and he's really a nice guy. I don't believe he'd honestly try to have her killed.
    I met Charles Manson once and he was really nice. I can't believe he did those things they say he did.
    *doorbell rings* "Hello, my name is John, I kill people for a thousand bucks" "Ah, perfect, I was just looking for someone like you!"
    Jim #4
    i dunno but the thing that bothers me is the 1000 bucks. isnt that a little cheap? who would kill for that money if you make more collecting bottles for a month
    The 1k was supposedly 'for expenses', I assume he was told to pay more when it's complete... though it's impossible to know the full details with the information available.
    Even $1k for "expenses" is ridiculously cheap. When these types of things happen the hitman normally requires tens of thousands up front and tens of thousands after it happens. Hits aren't cheap at all. Hitmen require LOTS of money because they know they are taking a huge risk.
    Yes, because we're all sure you have the personal experience to know this and cite it as fact...
    My Last Words
    Well, that escalated quickly.
    $1,000???? I'd have done it for about tree fiddy
    I hope he didn't actually do it, but it just looks like they're grabbing at straws. I'm not sure how being set up makes you any less guilty of trying to get someone killed.
    If the guy he talked to is an informant - and not a deputy/cop/officer.. or something to that effect - then the evidence becomes less credible, and likely not a viable means to prosecute. it's still evidence.. but just "not as good". The "setup" is taking the context of the conversation that was recorded into consideration. Tim's demeanor will be evaluated - among other things to determine the nature of the "setup" when it goes into defense-mode. This case is far from being a "closed" book - it just seems that way with so little information being given at this point. My educated guess is - Tim will be convicted of *something* and likely serve only a couple of years in Prison at the most. Unless, something incredibly,... INCREDIBLY, blatant is exposed. But I doubt that. What could be more blatant than a recorded conversation? Again.. I say.. context. That will likley be argued heavily. Sentencing will be dimished on that alone, most likely.
    Even if he was set up, if he was a good person, wouldn't he avoid going through with it?
    jesus works in mysterious ways, he sets you up for murder and makes you go on trial for your life because.....HE LOVES YOU!!!! *I thank you for your downvotes in advance!
    How the hell do you set such a thing up? I mean talking him into saying that he wants his wife gone is easy because saying stuff and doing stuff is different albeit none of both are acceptable. I mean if you really hire someone to kill your wife it doesn't matter if you were talked into it. Because you seemed to want to do it anyways. I think the lawyer only brings this to focus so the sentence will be smaller since I don't think such methods are allowed for the police...
    who the phuck would bump someone off for a 1,000 bucks? Either this story is highly made up, or Tim is just straight up an idiot
    Set up or not it doesn't seem to make it any better, he still wanted her dead. We will see when the facts come out though. I want him to be innocent, I really do. It just doesn't seem likely from what we've been told so far.