Tim Lambesis: Singer Faces Murder Plot Trial
The frontman of a Grammy-winning rock band has been ordered to stand trial on charges of trying to hire someone to kill his estranged wife.
As I Lay Dying star Timothy Lambesis was in court on Monday to hear testimony by witnesses for the prosecution, including an undercover officer who posed as a hitman.
San Diego Superior Court judge Robert Kearney ruled enough evidence existed to warrant a trial.
Lambesis will be arraigned on the charges on October 22, when the date for his trial will be set.
Undercover officer Howard Bradley testified that Lambesis met him believing he was a hitman and told him he wanted his wife, Meggan Lambesis, dead.
Mr Bradley said Lambesis gave him his wife's name, photo and address, along with $1,000 in cash.
Lambesis has pleaded not guilty to solicitation for murder.
Investigators say the undercover operation was staged after the singer told a man at his gym on April 23 and again the next day that he wanted his wife killed.
Lambesis allegedly complained that she was making it difficult for him to see their three adopted children and impossible to complete their divorce.
Prosecutors say the singer was on tour in August when he emailed his wife, telling her he did not love her and wanted to end the relationship.
Meggan Lambesis, according to prosecutors, later learned her husband was having an affair.
Prosecutors say Lambesis gave the undercover agent his wife's security gate code and dates he would be with his children to give him an alibi.
Defence attorney Thomas Warwick said his client had been using steroids for body-building and they had had a devastating effect on his mind.
The singer has been out on $2m bail since May. He was ordered to wear a GPS monitor and to stay away from his wife and their three children, who were adopted from Ethiopia.
As I Lay Dying formed in San Diego in 2000 and have released six albums, including 2007's An Ocean Between Us, which reached number eight on the Billboard chart.
A single from the album, Nothing Left, was nominated for a Grammy for top metal performance.