According to the San Diego Reader, a new bail review hearing for AS I LAY DYING frontman Tim Lambesis will be conducted tomorrow, Friday May 17 at 1:30 p.m. in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse before the Honorable Judge David Berry.
Lambesis was arrested on may 7 for allegedly hiring someone to kill his estranged wife. He was ordered held on $3 million bail during his arraignment hearing two days later and he faces nine years in state prison if convicted.
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.”
Prosecutors allege Lambesis had twice told a man at a gym that he wanted his wife killed, then met with an undercover detective known as “Red“, and gave the agent an envelope containing $1,000 in cash, photographs of his wife, and the security gate code to her house. He also allegedly told the agent the dates he would be with the couple’s three adopted children, in order to give himself an alibi.
“When specifically asked do you want her dead, he said, ‘Yes that’s exactly what I want,'” Deputy District Attorney Claudia Grasso told the judge. “The victim now is terrified and living in seclusion.”
Lambesis, who was originally booked into jail on suspicion of two felonies — conspiracy and murder-for-hire — was ordered to wear a GPS monitor and turn in his passport and was warned by the judge that, if he is released from jail, he must stay away from his immediate family. The conspiracy charge was dropped before Lambesis was arraigned.
“Tim never had the intention to harm his wife, absolutely not,” defense attorney Anthony Salerno said on May 10. “This whole thing was a set-up by a scumbag snitch, and then law enforcement ran with it.
“None of this would ever have happened were it not for over-eager entrapment and it would be easier to get out of jail faster,” the defense attorney added. “The investigators were over-reaching. They booked Tim for conspiracy to commit murder, but that didn’t stick.
“Tim will have his day in court, and when he does, he will be exonerated because a jury will see that in his heart, Tim is a good, decent and Christian human being,” Salerno said.
Lambesis‘ wife, Meggan, filed papers in September 2012 in San Diego Superior Court seeking a dissolution of the couple’s marriage.
Salerno told Artisan News last week that he suspicious of the circumstances of Lambesis‘ arrest and believed Meggan‘s family could have been involved in setting him up. “Tim‘s wife’s brother, I understand, is a San Diego Sheriff’s deputy,” he said. “I think I would be remiss if I didn’t fully explore that, ’cause that is a litte bit… it’s at the bare minimum very coincidental, and it may be more than that.”