AS I LAY DYING singer Tim Lambesis was booked at the Vista Detention Facility in Vista, California on May 7 on suspicion of solicitation to commit murder for allegedly hiring someone to kill his estranged wife. He has pleaded not guilty.
Lambesis, who at one time has said he considered himself to be a Christian and acknowledged that he found inspiration for lyrical content from biblical texts, was taken into custody without incident at a Barnes & Noble bookstore in Oceanside, California, according to San Diego Sheriff's Department.
An employee of the Barnes & Noble store, who did not want to be named, recounted the Lambesis arrest to San Diego Reader this way: "It was about 2 p.m. My buddy was outside the store doing face-painting and the cops told him that he needed to stop immediately and go inside. Tim was there with a friend just browsing. I saw one special task-force cop, two regular officers, and two undercover officers. They just pushed everyone aside and handcuffed him. It all happened so fast. It seemed like they were planning it out for a long time."
According to the San Diego Reader, the 32-year-old metal frontman/entrepreneur's net worth is said to be $14 million. He is the founder of Modern Rebellion, a successful rock-swag clothing line, and owner of Lambesis Studios, a recording studio he and partner Daniel Castleman launched two years ago, which has drawn metal bands from Australia (AS SILENCE BREAKS), New York City (SWORN ENEMY), Pennsylvania (WAR OF AGES), and Salt Lake City (CHELSEA GRIN) for extended recording sessions.
Metal Blade Records has sold a million AS I LAY DYING records between their seven Metal Blade releases.
Lambesis had his bail lowered from $3 million to $2 million during a May 17 bail review hearing.
Prosecutors initially requested that Superior Court Judge Martin Staven set Lambesis' bail at $20 million, saying the singer remains "substantially motivated to kill his wife."
Lambesis' family is unable to make bail, so he will remain in jail, the singer's defense attorney, Tom Warwick, said. The lawyer had asked for bail of $250,000.