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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    Ultraussie
    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
    Crackheadrich
    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.
    cwm1990
    yeah they say the police were informed and a sting opperation was set up for him, according to my local news anyway
    sdf5150
    I really hope this was a setup and he didn't try and do this. But again, the facts will set the record straight.
    rolandroi
    Doesn't change the fact that he wants her dead.
    J.Millzzzz
    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.
    JelloCrust
    I met Charles Manson once and he was really nice. I can't believe he did those things they say he did.
    azrael667
    *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
    RoamingConflict
    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.
    i_am_metalhead
    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.
    Smegal
    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.
    clevelandcavs22
    $1,000???? I'd have done it for about tree fiddy
    a7xb4d
    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.
    Mprodigy
    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.
    IVOSPAZOUT
    Even if he was set up, if he was a good person, wouldn't he avoid going through with it?
    SkaryGary
    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!
    Wiesel_1
    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...
    dsteff
    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
    MthrfknBrkdwN
    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.
    sonofgkex
    Don't go offerin the hitman no tree-fiddy, woman! Why you think he keeps comin back?
    zefs
    How was this a setup? I mean, what does the informant have to win by setting him up other than this being personal? And why would he risk setting him up(meaning if police found out that it was indeed a setup he could end up on jail and to take that risk it would need to involve money which I don't see here).
    thingstodo
    What a douche. Not that I condone murdering people because you don't like them anymore, but if this turns out to be true, then Tim is just a massive pussy. If he wanted her dead, he should've done it himself (again, I don't support that, Im just saying given the circumstances). Hiring a "pro" to do the dirty work while you secure an alibi just makes him even more of a piece of shit than had he just grew a pair and took care of business himself (again, if it is all true).
    MrZEDO
    If somebody is trying, by any means, to cause someone else's death, I think they should be removed from the world in one way or another. Who cares if they were set up?
    LightxGrenade
    I'm not saying Tim is innocent. Most times the simplest explanation is the right one and there is a good chance that he did try to put a hit out on his wife. That being said, there has been precedent for where law enforcements entrapped someone into saying things that could be used against them. Google: James Saville, Joe Arpaio. Arpaio is an extremist sheriff from Arizona who did everything he could to entrap James Saville by using a jail snitch to coerce him to say incriminating things. It was later discovered to be all a plot by the sheriffs dept to help get the sheriff re-elected and the kid spent 4 years in jail because of it.
    kLeft
    Maybe the recording of "I want my wife dead/Yes that is exactly what I want' was a new lyric that has been taken a little out of context? Joking aside, given the information of knowing his wife wasn't too happy with his lifestyle choice, his tattoo's, his newfound falling out with religion, and the lack of attention he's been giving his 3 adopted children + her, I find it more likely that it is indeed a set-up, given the lack of motive for it to be otherwise. Like, if he was so unhappy with the marriage to put a hit on her, why not you know, divorce? To me, he has way too much going on in his life to be stupid enough to even pretend to do such a thing.
    TJHague
    They were in the process of divorcing actually. Supposedly started by the wife. "Guys at the gym" said that he complained of her making it impossible for the divorce to be finalized though.
    The_Catto
    Even if he was setup... He still wanted his wife dead so either way, I don't think it's going to end well for the guy...
    saint_berzerker
    never been married, have you? Seriously though, if he actually said that he might be screwed. But anybody can be caught at a really pissed off point and talked into saying something like that. It depends on the context of the conversation of the recording...etc.
    fromzero
    I can vouch for making people do things that they regret. I used to work for Verizon Wireless and before they knew it they were stuck in a horrible decision for the next 2 years, albeit this is a little more permanent but you can convince someone to do anything with a little NLP (neuro-linguistics programming). The subconscious is always open to suggestion if it's provided in the form of a command all based on how you emphasize certain words. I also understand how the legal system works a little and the lawyer is hoping that the guy is an informant but if he end's up a cop Tim is screwed.
    l0ld4v3
    But aren't the american police forces system ultra sensitive about death threats of any kind?
    ironman316
    It could have also been said in a sarcastic tone, jokingly, but of course no one cares about that possibility. Just the fact that he said it. Could have been taken completely out of context.
    crazysam23_Atax
    You can't be charged for wanting someone dead. Justice isn't charging for crimes they might commit. If he did actually hire someone to kill her, he's guilty. If he just said he wanted her dead, he's not guilty.
    Sammy Mantis
    Yeah, this guy is ****ed and is going away for a while, end of story. And for anyone saying he was "tricked", he verbally expressed his desire to have her killed and completed the financial transaction to set this in motion on recording. There is no gray area here. Sorry you're disappointed one of your heroes isn't what you thought he was, but that's life.
    Mprodigy
    I have one example of why your statement is not completely credible. And I say this with all due respect to you. Casey Anthony
    JoeySteel
    I think he just set himself up because as far as I or anyone else knows about him (probably bordering on nothing) he's what we englishmen like to call a dumb****.
    JoeySteel
    I quite sure he just set himself up because as far as I or anyone else knows about him (probably bordering on nothing) he's what we englishmen like to call a dumbc*nt.
    brokndwn06
    this sounds like a much more believable story, to me. SMH @ these hoes nowadays! then again he cant have a lot of money, if he wanted to tattoo your name on his ass for 5000...
    brokndwn06
    paraphrase 2pac " If I aint sharp and heartless, these bitches will start shit, excuse me but this is where we part bitch. "
    the_white_bunny
    i hope he did do it and i hope he goes on a killing spree once in jail. sell that stupid AILD poster with his sig on it.
    hugotahell
    I really expected this of a Norwegian metal band, except that the Norwegian frontman will carry out the murder himself.