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Lead singer Tim Lambesis of band As I Lay Dying ordered to stand trial
Monday, September 16th, 2013
Issue 38, Volume 17.
Tim Lambesis, 32, faces nine years in prison if convicted.
Vista Judge Robert Kearney ruled that enough evidence was presented at the defendant's preliminary hearing for him to proceed to trial.
Lambesis -- who is free on $2 million bail -- will be back in court Oct. 22 for arraignment.
San Diego County sheriff's Detective John Buckley testified that he met with a personal trainer who told him that Lambesis in late April had asked him to kill his wife, Meggan Lambesis.
The personal trainer said that when he told Lambesis he wasn't interested, Lambesis asked him if he knew anybody who would kill his spouse, Buckley testified.
The trainer said he had been alerted to Lambesis' problems with his wife and alleged desire to have her killed a few days earlier by a co-worker, according to Buckley.
When the personal trainer and the defendant met and exchanged pleasantries, the trainer told Lambesis, "Everything's good, as long as you don't ask me to kill your wife," according to the detective.
Lambesis told the personal trainer that his wife was controlling visitations for their three adopted children and was spending money on attorneys for their impending divorce, Buckley testified.
The personal trainer went to police after a second meeting with Lambesis because "he didn't want to see an innocent person get murdered," Buckley testified.
The trainer told Lambesis he knew a man named "Red" who might be willing to kill his wife, the detective said.
An undercover Deputy Sheriff, Howard Bradley, testified that he posed as "Red" and met with Lambesis at a bookstore in Oceanside.
Lambesis provided an envelope containing a $1,000 down-payment, photos of the intended victim and her address, Bradley testified.
"He told me he wanted his wife gone," the undercover deputy said.
Lambesis gave "Red" three possible dates for the murder when he would have his children so he wouldn't be considered a suspect, Bradley testified.
Bradley said he told the defendant the job would cost $20,000. As the two parted ways, Lambesis told Bradley, "Just to clarify, I do want her dead."
Lambesis was arrested May 7.
Outside court, Deputy District Attorney Claudia Grasso said Meggan Lambesis went into hiding with her children as soon as detectives told her about her husband's alleged plan to have her killed.
"She's safe now, trying to move on," Grasso said. "It's a terrifying thing."
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