VISTA, Calif. — A lawyer for the frontman of a California Christian heavy metal band accused of trying to hire someone to kill his estranged wife blames steroid use for ravaging the singer’s mind.
According to a report in U-T San Diego, 32-year-old Timothy Lambesis of the band As I Lay Dying is accused of paying $1,000 to a hitman and giving him instructions on how to find and kill his estranged wife Meggan.
Lambesis has pleaded not guilty to solicitation to murder. A hearing Friday reduced his bail from $3 million to $2 million.
Prosecutors say he met with a man he believed was a hitman named “Red” who was actually an undercover detective, and gave him cash, his wife’s address and the access codes to her gated complex. He was arrested soon after the May 7 meeting.
Lambesis’s wife filed for divorce in September, citing his new obsession with bodybuilding among problems in the marriage.
At Friday’s hearing, the singer’s lawyer said steroids had taken a toll on Lambesis.
“His thought processes were devastatingly affected by his steroid use,” lawyer Thomas Warwick said.
Prosecutor Claudia Grosso claims the couple’s marriage grew rocky after Lambesis sent his wife an email saying he didn’t love her anymore and no longer believed in God. She said Meggan also found out Lambesis had been unfaithful.
Grosso said Friday Lambesis was prepared to pay $20,000 for the alleged hit on his wife.
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