"The X Morning Show" hosts Tim Benz and Bob McLaughlin of the 105.9 The X radio station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania were joined by Prague Post reporter Jonathan Crane this morning (Wednesday, March 6) to discuss the not-guilty verdict in the trial of LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe (pictured below) in the Czech Republic in connection with the death of a fan more than two years ago. You can now listen to the chat below.
Blythe was 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.
On Tuesday (March 5), a panel of judges ruled that Blythe's actions did not constitute crime and suggested that mistakes leading to the death — including lax crowd control at the concert as well as a stage barrier which was set up too close to the band — were made primarily by the concert organizers.
Said judge Tomáš Kubovec: "If steps stipulated in the [performers'] contract had been respected, the incident would never have taken place."
Had security been upheld, the judge said, there would have been no contact — no altercation — between Blythe and any of the audience members, according to Radio.cz.
The state prosecutors have announced their intention to appeal the verdict; they have eight days to put this in writing.
Blythe was unaware of a warrant out for his arrest when he was detained last June after arriving at the Prague airport for a show with LAMB OF GOD. He spent five weeks in custody before being released on bail in August.
The parents of the alleged victim were demanding compensation of 10 million Czech Koruna (approximately $530,000).