Tim Lambesis Trial to Last Into 2014

As I Lay Dying singer pleads "not guilty" again, readiness conference scheduled for January 15.

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As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis has appeared in Vista courtroom yesterday (November 13) for his scheduled arraignment hearing. As Lambgoat reports, the hearing itself lasted merely a minute, as the singer appeared with his lawyer Thomas Warwick and a woman believed to be his mother. Tim pleaded "not guilty" to murder solicitation charges and a January 15 readiness conference was scheduled. Also known as a pre-trial conference, the readiness conference will see the defense counsel and the prosecutor further discussing the case. If no agreement is reached, the case will proceed to trial. According to the same source, March 11 was mentioned as a tentative date for the beginning of trial. However, the given date is also likely to be pushed back. Most speculations claim that a plea deal might be reached. "Roid rage" defense reportedly stands out as the most promising defense line and is believed to further support the lawyer's bargain push. It was also noted that if the trial stretches through next May, Lambesis might need to pay another $160,000 to remain free on bail. Lambesis was arrested on May 7 in Oceanside for allegedly hiring an undercover police officer to murder his estranged wife Meggan. If convicted, he will face up to nine years behind bars. Two photos from yesterday's hearing are available below, courtesy of Lambgoat.

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    I got to hang out with As I Lay Dying when they played Molly Blooms 2 in Long Island back in 04 and I'm still finding it hard to believe that the same soft spoken, mostly smiling, bad 80s action movie quoting dude tried to kill his wife. Just ****ing weird.
    I never got the pleasure of meeting the band, but I've been a fan for a while now. Just judging from everything I've read about the entire band, especially Tim, they just seemed like the nicest group of people. When I first learned about this, I seriously dismissed the source as someone making shit up, but as I read more and more, it sucked to find out it was true. I got to see them a month or two before this went on, and it was such a good show, too.
    Yeah me too man. They're all super down to earth guys. Especially Jordan, Nick and Tim. That's why I was trying to give Tim the benefit of the doubt until the evidence made it apparent that he did it.
    Same here man. Last year, the band I was touring with played at a festival with AILD in Minnesota. They were headlining and we played before them, so we ended up having dinner with the guys before they got ready to go on. Tim was such a nice dude and it's still so shocking to me that this happened. "Roid Rage" normally would seem like a weak excuse to me to get out of something like this, but I just don't see how he could do this under a normal state of mind. There had to have been something else like that, that made him lose it. I'm curious to see how the band moves forward once the trial is done. So far there's been no word from the band on the subject I believe.
    I'm not the most legal savvy person but how could a person claiming to not be guilty also be using a defence of roid rage? Wouldn't that kind of be admitting wrong doing but pointing the finger at something else as the reason why?
    If you don't plead not guilty, you're f*cked from the start. That's pretty much it.
    You kinda answered yourself. Not guilty of what he is accused of, because of x, which might get him a reduced sentence.
    Offering a defense at all means claiming not guilty. Not guilty doesn't really mean "didn't do it" so much as "if it happened, he wasn't at fault."
    has everyone forgotten the fact that his wife wanted full custody, and her brother is in the department that arrested lambesis? how is everyone forgetting this?
    The roid rage defense is pretty lame. If steroids really made him want her dead, why not just hulk smash her himself?
    Had the murder plan gone through, he could've changed the band name to As She Lays Dying
    Not a fan of the band but I feel for the fans...I'd hate to see this happen to someone I listen to.
    I so hope this psycho gets locked up.
    Every person who makes a post like this I just assume hates As I Lay Dying.
    And I assume that every person who likes As I Lay Dying is a faggot.
    Not cool, just because you hate a band/artist (on their music alone) doesn't mean you should wish the worst on them.
    Wishing the worst? The guy simply said he hopes Tim gets locked up for his actions. That's not wishing the worst at all.
    You both kinda missed my point. I'm not defending Tim if this all turns out to be true, but right now, there's no final verdict (as far as I know, I can't say I've really read into it). The guy I replied to made his comments completely out of spite for his music, which is completely unjust.
    There's no solid evidence that 'roid rage' even exists, let alone makes people prone to hiring hitmen. He's screwed.
    There's quite a bit of evidence that roid rage exists. The problem is, roid rage tends to make you act out in violent fits of rage, not go out and hire a hitman.
    I was backstage with the band just a few weeks before this on their tour with The Devil Wears Prada, For Today, and The Color Morale... Extremely nice guys, he was the one who hooked me up with a pass and guest list ticket. One of the most down to earth people I've met.