Testimony Reveals Tim Lambesis' Alleged Murder-For-Hire Plot

02/20/2014
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(Radio.com) Eva Knott from our news partner Radio.com has put together a review of the case against As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis, who is accused of attempting to hire someone to murder his estranged wife. Here is the report:

This review of the case against Tim Lambesis has been compiled from court transcripts and file documents. Lambesis is charged with a single felony: "soliciting another to commit and join in the commission of the murder." The maximum possible prison time is nine years for this crime, according to the prosecutor. Timothy Peter Lambesis, now 33, was in custody twenty-four days before posting $2 million bail, he is now on house arrest and wears a GPS monitor.

A man named Brett said he began working at a California gym in February of 2013, he described himself as a trainer. Attorneys hinted that Brett was a supplier of steroids and possibly other drugs for persons at the gym. Brett denied that claim.

The gym is called Pure Fitness, located in the seaside town of Carlsbad, CA. Brett said he became acquainted with Lambesis, who exercised at that gym, about a month after he started there. By the next month, Brett said he heard talk about Lambesis' troubled marriage, and specifically that Lambesis would "be doing better if his wife was taken care of."

Brett claimed it was Lambesis who contacted him. "He contacted me via text asking me if he could talk to me." The two arranged to meet in the parking lot at the gym.

Lambesis brought his girlfriend with him that evening. It was about dusk on April 22 and he was living with girlfriend Amanda in a home in Carlsbad at that time. Amanda went into the gym to exercise while the men stayed outside. "Just myself and him," Brett remembered. "He began by asking me if I knew why I was there. I made the comment that I was hoping it wasn't to kill anybody."

"He said that that was funny and that was exactly why I was there." Brett said Lambesis spoke of his failing marriage. "We had a discussion and he proceeded to tell me about his relationship with his ex-wife and how it had deteriorated." Actually, Tim's wife Meggan Lambesis had filed divorce paperwork eight months earlier, but they were still married.

Brett said Tim Lambesis told him, "He had been seeing another woman. And they had split up. And they had three children. And he was not happy and he wanted to make sure that the kids had one healthy relationship instead of two bad ones." Tim reportedly complained that his wife was spending all their money on divorce attorneys.

Brett understood that Lambesis wanted someone to "get rid of her, kill her." Brett said he told the rock singer, "That's not my thing, I'm not involved in any behavior like that."

"I'm a body guard, not an assassin." Brett said he sees himself as a protector.

But Lambesis was persistent, according to Brett. "He wanted to know if maybe I could find somebody to do it for him. He knew I knew people was his comment. I know you know people so maybe you can help me." The two men spoke for about 20 minutes that evening.

Soon afterwards, Brett became nervous. "I thought that he was going to go through with it, with or without me." Brett said he got advice from an attorney. "She said I needed to get a tape recording of that, otherwise, I'd be an accessory to murder if it happened." Read the rest here.

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