PIERCE THE VEIL members Vic Fuentes and Jamie Preciado were "really shocked" to hear that AS I LAY DYING frontman Tim Lambesis was arrested for conspiring to have his wife murdered by a hitman.
"We hung out with them about a month before that happened," Fuentes told KROQ (a Radio.com station) during a recent interview. "I didn't get any killer vibes."
"Some of our crew members used to work for that band, and we've known that band forever," added Preciado. "We've looked up to that band. They're from San Diego as well. They hung out [with us] like two months before all that stuff came up."
"I think everybody was just really shocked," interjected Fuentes. "Like [Preciado] said, a lot of our crew used to be AS I LAY DYING crew, so they spent years with them. They were just blown away by it. I didn't know him personally, so I couldn't really say one way or another."
"From our interactions, that was like the last thing… It was crazy, for sure, when we found out," mused Preciado about the charges against Lambesis. "We were just like, 'uhhh…'"
"I mean, I could see Jaime doing something like that," Fuentes joked, lightening the mood. "He wouldn't get caught, though. He'd go down to Tijuana in Mexico. He knows a guy."
"I literally have two people in my phone right now that will do the job," Preciado laughed, giving his singer a comically evil glare. "You're out of here."
Prosecutors allege Lambesis had twice told a man at a gym that he wanted his wife killed, then met with an undercover detective known as "Red", and gave the agent an envelope containing $1,000 in cash, photographs of his wife, and the security gate code to her house. He also allegedly told the agent the dates he would be with the couple's three adopted children, in order to give himself an alibi.
Lambesis, who was originally booked into jail on suspicion of two felonies — conspiracy and murder-for-hire — was ordered to wear a GPS monitor and turn in his passport and was warned by the judge that he must stay away from his immediate family. The conspiracy charge was dropped before Lambesis was arraigned.
Tim's wife Meggan filed papers in September 2012 in San Diego Superior Court seeking a dissolution of the couple's marriage.