As I Lay Dying singer Timothy Lambesis ordered to stand trial in alleged murder-for-hire plot

Hitman was an undercover officer, prosecutors say

SAN DIEGO - A judge ordered the frontman of the Grammy-winning band As I Lay Dying to stand trial on charges he tried to hire someone to kill his estranged wife.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Robert Kearney handed down his decision Monday in the case against Timothy Lambesis after several hours of testimony by witnesses for the prosecution, including an undercover officer who posed as a hitman.

Lambesis will be arraigned on the charges Oct. 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. Bradley says Lambesis gave him his wife's name, photo and address, along with $1,000 cash.

Lambesis has pleaded not guilty to solicitation for murder.

Prosecutors say the singer was on tour in August when he emailed his wife, telling her he didn't love her and wanted to end the relationship. Meggan Lambesis, according to prosecutors, later learned her husband was having an affair.

Defense attorney, Thomas Warwick, has said his client had been using steroids for bodybuilding and they'd had a devastating effect on his mind. His lawyer did not return calls seeking comment before the hearing.

The singer has been out on $2 million bail since May. He was ordered to wear a GPS monitor and to stay away from Meggan Lambesis and their three children, who were adopted from Ethiopia.

As I Lay Dying formed in San Diego in 2000 and has released six albums, including 2007's "An Ocean Between Us," which reached No. 8 on Billboard's charts. A single from the album, "Nothing Left," was nominated for a Grammy for top metal performance.

The band plays in an aggressive style that features lightning-speed metal guitar riffs. The group's philosophical lyrics have attracted a following of Christian rock fans.

If convicted, Lambesis could face up to nine years in prison.

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