Jan Caldwell, spokeswoman for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, spoke earlier this evening (Tuesday, May 7) to Artisan News about AS I LAY DYING singer Tim Lambesis' arrest for allegedly hiring someone to kill his estranged wife.
Lambesis, 32, was taken into custody without incident on Tuesday (May 7) around 2 p.m. at an Oceanside business, according to San Diego Sheriff's Department.
He was charged with solicitation of another to commit murder of his wife, who resides in Encinitas.
"Information came to us late last week — last Thursday, to be specific — that Lambesis was soliciting another individual to kill his estranged wife, who also resides in the area," Caldwell said (hear audio below). "Our detectives, our fugitive task force and the sheriff's special investigations division immediately initiated an investigation into this allegation. We worked around the clock through the weekend and that culminated this afternoon when Lambesis solicited an undercover detective to kill his wife."
She continued: "The next step will be Lambesis' initial appearance in court, and that is where the charges are read, and if there's a bail to be set. And they will go from there and start setting different court dates. The investigation at our end is still ongoing, and I can't go into detail on that. And, thankfully, no one was hurt. But I believe that the captain who commented earlier said that we averted a tragedy today."
Lambesis was booked into the Vista Detention Facility. He is expected be arraigned on Wednesday or Thursday.
The musician's wife, Meggan, reportedly filed for divorce on September 20, 2012 in Vista Superior Court, and the court record indicates at least one minor child was involved in the marriage.
According to MTV News, Lambesis has said in previous interviews that he considers himself to be a Christian and acknowledges that he finds inspiration for lyrical content from biblical texts.
2008 saw AS I LAY DYING earn a Grammy nomination for "Best Metal Performance" for the single "Nothing Left".