May 10th, 2013
10:42 PM ET

Christian metal singer charged with attempting to hire hit man

By Tom Watkins, CNN

(CNN)–The lead singer of the metal band As I Lay Dying has been arrested and charged with seeking to have his wife killed, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.

Authorities said Tuesday that Tim Lambesis tried to contract an undercover detective posing as a killer for hire to murder his estranged wife, who lives in Encinitas, California.

Arraignment was set for Thursday afternoon at North Division Court in Vista.

The department said it learned on May 2 that Lambesis, 32, had asked someone to carry out the killing and an investigation was initiated.

The investigation culminated Tuesday afternoon, "when Lambesis solicited an undercover detective to kill his wife," it said. He was arrested without incident at a business in Oceanside and taken to the Encinitas Station and booked into the Vista Detention Facility.

Last September, Meggan Lambesis filed with San Diego Superior Court to have the marriage dissolved.

- CNN Belief Blog

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soundoff (240 Responses)
  1. lionlylamb

    The deplorable natures of ungodly or deprived humanisms are fevered societal constructs rendering miseries to the unwary ones. In the end means, one's psyche, the soul of emotions, knows well the physical actions and mental divisions of the selfish and even selflessness. The teeter tottering of one's scalar hindsight is the fulcrum's relationships around rationalisms' centralities. God or not, humanists of depravities, be it physical or spiritually emotional, will leave the causations of their committed Acts alone and apart from their feeble mindedness. Should one truly care for the weakened of mindedness?

    May 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
    • 8thDay


      May 11, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
    • Akira

      Where is Jill when you need her?

      May 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
    • lionlylamb


      Jill is with Jack don't you know? Or so the stories say so.

      May 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
  2. This makes two things he's bad at...

    Sucked at music, sucked at life.

    May 11, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
  3. Moby Schtick

    Sounds like the sort of thing his god would do. Hey, at least he didn't have plans to torture her forever in a pit of never ending fire.

    May 11, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
  4. The heart of man

    This proves that somewhere in the heart of man lies evil. When he walks away from God he succ umbs to evil.

    May 11, 2013 at 9:52 am |
    • Aorta sock you one

      So if we replace everyone's heart with a mechanical pump, there will be no more evil ?

      May 11, 2013 at 9:58 am |
    • The heart of man

      Christianity is about a relationship with Christ, it is an every day relationship. In moments of desperation the heart needs to look to God and not look away from him. Looks like this rocker got desperate about something in life and turned to something evil.

      May 11, 2013 at 10:04 am |
    • Satan Himself

      I'm doing inventory and noticed you guys are still alive.
      See you soon! 😈

      May 11, 2013 at 10:08 am |
    • find me an angel


      May 11, 2013 at 10:16 am |
    • Barliman Budderburr

      Time for a beer. Cheers!

      May 11, 2013 at 10:31 am |
    • .

      your bones are dust and your souls are empty
      no one will heed u

      May 11, 2013 at 10:33 am |
    • ..

      I have two dots. I win!

      May 11, 2013 at 10:34 am |
    • SATAN™

      I have Jesus here. Talk to the nice people, scum!

      Jesus: Arf! Arf!

      Good doggie.

      May 11, 2013 at 10:55 am |
    • Science

      There you are again satan...........the end.


      May 11, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
    • Dan

      "This proves that somewhere in the heart of man lies evil. When he walks away from God he succ umbs to evil."

      This proves it eh? So that means every person who comes to their senses and leaves religion hires a hit man to try and murder their wives? Quite the sound logic you have there, for a complete moron.

      May 11, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Wow, how very typical of a christard. I don't know many Atheists who would commit such a crime or any crime for that matter. If you look at the overall prison population of the USA it consists of 75% Christians and only 1% Atheists. Now please crawl bad under your cloud of ignorance and let the adults chatter.

      May 11, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
    • Poltergiest

      That makes sense about 80 percent of the population idenitfies as Christian and about 2 percent explicitly state athiesm as a stance in the United States. That translates nicely to the prison populations represented.

      May 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
    • Not-A-True Christian Defense to the Rescue!!

      Yeah, but, but, but, people who commit crimes aren't true Christians, see?

      May 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
    • mydadspants

      Murder is rampant in the bible... the Christian handbook.
      You fool.

      June 6, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
  5. guest

    Not only did this jerk commit a crime against society, he committed a crime against Christianity; for which there is no penalty to pay in this life.

    May 11, 2013 at 8:43 am |
    • HotAirAce

      You cannot commit a crime against completely unfounded imaginary gods and their cult's beliefs.

      May 11, 2013 at 9:00 am |
    • nope

      @hot air ass

      May 11, 2013 at 9:31 am |
    • Satan Himself

      Christianity is not a person, a corporation, a country, or anything but a general label.
      You cannot commit a crime against an adjective. Your lies are evil and you will burn in HELL.
      Good job and good choice! That's using the ol noggin!
      I will enjoy burning you alive forever. I have a special pitchfork just for you with red-hot thorny dildoes on the business end. No business regulations here! Bwahhahaha! 😈

      May 11, 2013 at 10:06 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      This one is the only one that matters...no evidence to support your fairy tale.

      May 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
    • Poltergiest

      Likewise an adjective can't commit crimes against you.

      May 11, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
    • nope

      @liar prefails

      May 11, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • Spellchecker Jones

      guest? Nope. gayest. You misspelled your name. Glad to help.

      May 12, 2013 at 5:44 am |
    • mydadspants

      All he has to do is accept Jesus as his savior and all will be forgiven. Jesus loves all..

      June 6, 2013 at 10:38 pm |
  6. saggyroy

    There are no bad deeds a christian can't commit. There are no good deeds that an atheist can't commit.

    May 11, 2013 at 7:57 am |
  7. Kebos

    Christians try to kill people too. The only difference between a religious person and a non-religious person who are out to kill someone, is that the religious person is already delusional and misguided.

    May 11, 2013 at 7:35 am |
  8. Reality


    May 11, 2013 at 7:15 am |
  9. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    May 11, 2013 at 6:28 am |
    • MrCrewel Dude


      May 11, 2013 at 6:33 am |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things
      Prayer changes things

      May 11, 2013 at 9:26 am |
    • Reality Driven

      As one who adhered to and studied christianity intensly for more than 2 decades I have to say that it is atheism that has truly given me peace and would have to point out the many religous driven atrocities carried out by children instilled with religion such as the boston bombing, mutilation of women in countries governed by sharia law, the crusades, the inquistion, Hitler's Mein Kampf and holocaust. Atheism isn't a bad word and doesn't make people evil; Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are two atheists who give generously to humanitarian causes.

      May 11, 2013 at 11:08 am |
    • Reality Driven

      So, of the 21 major religions currently active in the world, and the 30,000+ christian denominations, which religion do you propose that children should be taught, and just as most religious texts teach, do you propose annihilating the rest. This, of course, was the theme behind the St. Bartholomew’s day massacre and the 30-year war. It seems that when the religious don’t have opposing religious zealots to fight with they default to inter-denomination strife; probably why religious people are often labeled as “war mongers.” Either way, not exactly the message of love and peace that you are alluding to.

      May 11, 2013 at 11:27 am |
    • nope

      @reality???? drivel

      May 11, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
    • faith

      So, of the 21 major religions

      so. i agree. your point? dodo reigns

      May 11, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
    • Salero21

      I think what he's trying to say is that Christianity is stupidity in Full bloom!

      May 11, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • Poltergiest

      What makes you think the whole world can/will/should follow only one faith or one philosophy?

      May 11, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
    • Reality Driven

      Faith ~ assuming that "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things" is trying to assert with his chosen name that atheism is unhealthy, my point is that atheism is not unhealthy nor evil. On the contrary, the most peacful nations are those with the largest atheist population (Switzerland, Sweden), not to mention that a large number of fundamentalist religious groups deny global warming, which speaks to the second portion of his chosen name. As for prayer, as a former fundamentalist, biblical scholor, and someone who works within the science industry, I haven't seen anything to date (I'm talking peer-reviewed and proven) that substantiates that prayers are answered by a deity.

      May 11, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
    • nope

      @reality not

      May 11, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Atheism is unhealthy for children and other living things... proven
      Prayer changes things... proven

      May 11, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
    • Reality Driven

      You have stated that prayer works and atheism is not healthy; the burdon of proof is always on the person making the claim. . . . so state your peer-reviewed evidence. Note that simply writing the word "proven" doesn't mean a thing and is a moronic and childish statement without evidence.

      May 11, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
    • mydadspants


      June 6, 2013 at 10:39 pm |
  10. Austin

    Thats all right there is nothing new under the sun.

    Is Christ the minister of sin, that grace may abound all the more? No

    Sinners are sinners.

    May 11, 2013 at 2:17 am |
    • Doobs

      You're right about that, SquishKittyBoy. There's nothing new about someone who's made a fortune deluding others about gods, "sin" and "salvation" being outed as a phony, a hypocrite, and a liar.

      May 11, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      No Austin, as per the norm you are wrong. No one is a sinner, there is no such thing as sin. Sin is simply an imaginary disease created by the church to make one feel guilty for being human. In turn they promise an imaginary cure if you give them your hard earned cash and let them control your body and mind.

      May 11, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
    • mydadspants

      I'm with Doobs...

      June 6, 2013 at 10:41 pm |
  11. lol??

    "......Gras*so said the singer emailed his wife while on tour in August telling her that he didn't love her anymore, expressing that he wanted to end the relationship and that he no longer believed in God. Meggan Lambesis later learned her husband was having an affair and had been involved with "a string of women," the prosecutor alleges........." CNN strikes again.

    May 11, 2013 at 1:17 am |
    • Akira

      I never get my news from CNN anymore; most of the English publications have far more information than CNN. Although I read about this particular story a few days ago in the WaPo.

      May 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
  12. It's a Shame


    May 11, 2013 at 12:50 am |
  13. TheRationale

    We all know there's no such things as Christian rock bands, let alone Christian metal bands.

    May 11, 2013 at 12:44 am |
  14. Livilla

    Typical xian poster boy

    May 11, 2013 at 12:43 am |
  15. hippypoet

    If you're looking for a great site to chat religion on... check out Poetic Atheism on facebook.

    May 11, 2013 at 12:12 am |
    • mydadspants

      will do...

      June 6, 2013 at 10:42 pm |
  16. tallulah13

    This again proves the point that good people will do good things, bad people will do bad things and religion has no real influence

    May 11, 2013 at 12:09 am |
    • Reality Driven


      May 11, 2013 at 11:36 am |
  17. mama k

    Oh my. Spinal Tap is going to have to do a cover of this.

    May 10, 2013 at 11:57 pm |
    • Akira

      Lol..Spinal Tap...yeah!

      May 11, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
  18. f100f1111

    Felt bad to hear this.

    May 10, 2013 at 11:54 pm |
    • faith

      When you have reached the top and something’s still missing, where do you go? Brian “Head” Welch’s life was spinning out of control. As lead guitarist for the band Korn, people worshipped his music. He made all the money, had all the cars, houses and women he could handle, but still found himself with a crippling addiction to Meth. “I could not stay sober. I did not know how. I hit rock bottom.”

      There’s a point when you finally look in the mirror at an image that you are simply tired of seeing. Brian wanted to quit, but what if quitting required complete surrender?

      May 11, 2013 at 1:22 am |
    • faith

      you mean something more than water baptism, taking communion, saying hail marys, singing in the choir, doing good stuff, prayin, givin money,?

      so, i agree.

      May 11, 2013 at 1:26 am |
  19. the AnViL™

    *deep heavy sigh*

    how typical of xians... their murderous nature rears its ugly head yet again.

    May 10, 2013 at 11:18 pm |
  20. Bootyfunk

    if i was in a Christian "rock" band, i'd hire a hit man to kill me.

    May 10, 2013 at 11:05 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Oh, good one.

      May 11, 2013 at 12:07 am |
    • .

      why you are already dead

      May 11, 2013 at 6:28 am |
    • Phil Trum

      I see someone is on their period.
      We crampin your style, honey?

      May 11, 2013 at 10:28 am |
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