WTVR-TV, the CBS television affiliate based in Richmond, Virginia, spoke to Jonathan Crane, a reporter with the Prague Post, about LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe, who was arrested in the Czech Republic two weeks ago on manslaughter charges. You can watch video footage of the chat at this location.
Blythe remains behind bars in a Czech prison after the Prague State Attorney’s Office filed a complaint against the singer’s release on bail.
On Monday (July 9), the attorney’s office spokeswoman Štepánka Zenklová confirmed that the complaint was delivered to the Prague 8 district court this past Friday (July 6).
Zenklová told the Prague Daily Monitor that she could not specify the justification of the complaint. The Prague City Court will deal with it now.
The complaint was filed with a Prague district court that was in charge of the case. It is to pass the decision-making on the bail to the City Court.
The City Court can either meet the complaint and annul the bail or it can approve the release on bail, and then the Prague attorney would comment on it again, district court judge Petr Fassati said.
It’s not clear as to whether there will be another hearing, or if the judgment will be made independently.
“It could be days, it could even be weeks,” Crane told WTVR-TV. “Our legal experts said that sometimes these things could take up to months.”
“The legal expert said it could take six months,” said Crane, referring to the trial.
Blythe, 41, is accused of causing the fatal injury that occurred at LAMB OF GOD‘s May 24, 2010 show in Prague. The singer allegedly either pushed or struck a 19-year-old fan named Daniel N. — a guitarist in a local metal group — and that person died almost a month later of bleeding in the brain.
Randy has been charged with causing “bodily harm of the fourth degree, resulting in the death of a fan” and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Crane discussed the video footage that has popped up online which allegedly shows three different incidents involving the fan. Friends of Daniel say that isn’t him in the video. Again, confusion surrounds this case as fans wait for answers and Blythe‘s release.
“Police have not been cooperative and haven’t answered these questions and so it just breeds more uncertainty,” Crane told WTVR-TV.
“The worry with this is how it will affect other heavy metal groups that want to come to the Czech Republic,” said Crane.
He added, “We must not forget at the end of the day, a young boy lost his life, and a mother lost her son.”
According to WTVR-TV, a U.S. defense attorney for Blythe will remain overseas until Saturday. No confirmation yet if that means the singer could be released by then. Blythe‘s wife is also in the Czech Republic with the attorney.