Guitarist Joel Stroetzel
of Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
is one of a number of musicians who have come out in support of LAMB OF GOD
frontman Randy Blythe
, who is facing manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic. Blythe
, 41, is accused of causing the fatal injury that occurred at LAMB OF GOD
's May 24, 2010 show in Prague. The singer allegedly either pushed or struck a 19-year-old fan named Daniel N.
— a guitarist in a local metal band — and that person died almost a month later of bleeding in the brain. Randy
has been charged with causing "bodily harm of the fourth degree, resulting in the death of a fan" and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Writing on KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
said, "Everyone in our camp was shocked to hear about what Randy
has been going through. LAMB OF GOD
have been longtime friends and tourmates of ours. Our thoughts are with them and we all hope everything gets resolved soon! A death is always a tragic thing, but Randy
certainly does not deserve such accusations."