Timothy Lambesis, rocker charged in Vista murder-for-hire plot, posts bail

VISTA, Calif. - Timothy Lambesis, the lead singer of a San Diego-based heavy-metal band who is accused of trying to arrange the murder of his estranged wife, posted bail and left the Vista Detention Facility Thursday, according to authorities.

Bail for the "As I Lay Dying" frontman was slashed on May 17, from $3 million to $2 million.

Lambesis was booked by police on May 7, and held on suspicion of solicitation to commit murder. He has pleaded not guilty.

Lambesis was arrested at an Oceanside bookstore after he allegedly asked an undercover detective to kill his spouse, Meggan, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

The defendant allegedly gave the detective an envelope containing $1,000, photos of his wife, her address and the code to get through a security gate. He also allegedly gave dates when the "hit" could take place -- days when he had his children, saying that would be his alibi, investigators said.

Authorities began investigating the defendant about a week prior to his arrest after they said they got word he was allegedly trying to find someone to kill his wife of eight years.

The Encinitas resident filed for divorce from Lambesis last September, according to Billboard magazine, a music industry publication that also reported the couple has three adopted children from Ethiopia.

Grasso alleged that Lambesis originally approached someone in a gym and asked if the individual knew anyone who would kill his wife.

Lambesis later met with the undercover agent posing as a hit man -- code name "Red" -- according to Grasso.

"Red" asked Lambesis if he wanted his wife of eight years gone, and the defendant replied, "Yes, that's what I want," the prosecutor alleged.

As I Lay Dying's most recent release, last year's "Awakened," debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard charts. The band's previous two albums opened at Nos. 10 and 8.

The Grammy-nominated group recently returned from a tour that included stops in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea and China, and was scheduled to start a series of U.S. stops later this month.

Another readiness conference is scheduled for Lambesis's case on June 26.

The homeowner who lives next to Tim Lambesis' parents house in Del mar told 10News there was a lot of yelling coming from inside the house on Memorial Day.

She said it was a shouting match between Lambesis' dad and the spouse, Megann, who had been in hiding at least a couple of days before her Lambesis' arrest.

10News knocked on the door of Lambesis' parent's house in Del Mar several times Thursday, since this is where Lambesis would likely be put under house arrest, but no one would say where he was.

“Now instead of the noisy neighbors I call them the crazy neighbors," said next door neighbor Charlene Walker. I'm thinking about getting a gun, I'm kind of worried."

Walker told 10News that over the Memorial Day weekend, Lambesis' estranged wife came out of hiding and could be heard yelling back and forth with Lambesis' father, Nick, inside the family home.

“She was here. The wife was here screaming at Nick, It's not about the money it's not about the money. She just said I don't care if all the money goes to Africa. She says I have my own job, I have my own money,” said Walker.

The exact conditions of Lambesis' release are not known and neither are his whereabouts.

However, the judge in this case has stated if Lambesis is released at anytime, he must wear a GPS monitoring device, stay in San Diego and must stay away from his estranged wife and children.

Our calls and e-mails to Lambesis’ attorney, Thomas Warwick, went unreturned Thursday.

The San Diego District Attorney's office meantime said they couldn't comment because Thursday's court hearing regarding Lambesis' release from custody was done in closed session. 

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