A three-judge panel in the Czech Republic said it could deliver a verdict by today in the manslaughter trial of LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe.
Blythe's manslaughter trial in Prague, Czech Republic resumed yesterday (Monday, March 4) after court was adjourned last month due to missing witnesses.
Blythe is facing the possibility of conviction and a long-term jail sentence after a May 2010 incident in which a fan, Daniel Nosek, who attended a LAMB OF GOD performance in Prague, died almost a month later, allegedly from injuries sustained when he was thrown off the stage.
In a brand new posting on his Instagram account, Blythe reflected on his legal battle and mentally prepared for today's verdict, explaining that he "categorically refuse[s] to live in a constant state of guilt and fear."
He wrote: "It's a beautiful morning in Prague, and time for me to go to what is (hopefully) my final day in court here- supposedly judgement will be passed today and I will move on with my life in one direction or the other. Which direction that is, I do not know. I could walk free, or conversely go to prison for up to ten years. Such is my life right now, and I must stay in this moment until its resolution. Whatever happens to me, do not feel sorry for me, for I am at peace and refuse to feel sorry for myself.
"Life happens. Deal with it.
"Some people cannot understand why I have returned, saying I should not come back here. KNOW THIS, and mark my words well — it would be absolutely intolerable for me to hide from this situation.
"I am an innocent man, but a family suffers the loss of a son, a fan of my band. That is what this whole thing is truly about, not prison, not money, not politics, not ME — it is about a young man who lost his life at just 19 years of age. He will never come back, and it breaks my heart. I would not be able to sleep at night knowing that I did not behave honorably and try to give his family some answers. That would be disgraceful, and I do not wish to dishonor myself or my family by acting in such a cowardly manner.
"I was raised to face my problems head on. For me, this is BEING A MAN.
"I categorically refuse to live in a constant state of guilt and fear. I would rather die.
"My morality and convictions are not dependent upon unforeseeable circumstance, nor malleable when difficulty arises.
"So I walk this morning to court with my head held high, no matter what others opinions of me may be. I have to face myself in the mirror, and tomorrow morning, where ever I may wake up, I will be able to do that without regret. This is THE ONLY path to true freedom for me — peace within myself. This is the manner in which I choose to try my best to live my life, and I hope you all do the same — do your best to do what is right, no matter how difficult it may be. I promise you, this will bring you peace.
"I thank you all for your support, I wish you all a good day, and to quote one of my favorite movies: STRENGTH AND HONOR."
The parents of the alleged victim are demanding compensation of 10 million Czech Koruna (approximately $530,000).