Lead singer of heavy metal band As I Lay Dying arrested in connection with murder-for-hire plot

Tim Lambesis arrested in Oceanside

OCEANSIDE, Calif. - The frontman for a San Diego-based rock band was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of trying to arrange for the murder of his estranged wife, authorities reported.

Tim Lambesis, lead singer and co-founder of the heavy-metal group As I Lay Dying, was arrested at a store on Vista Way in Oceanside about 2 p.m., after allegedly soliciting an undercover detective to kill his spouse, an Encinitas resident, according to sheriff's officials.

Authorities began investigating Lambesis, 32, in the case on Thursday, when they received information that he allegedly was trying to get someone to commit the slaying.

He was booked into the Vista Jail on suspicion of solicitation of murder.

As I Lay Dying, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2008, has released six studio albums, according to the band's website, which says the group is scheduled to embark on a U.S. tour this month.

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