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. Religion

    The Jesus nuts just keep getting nuttier every day.

    May 19, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
    • religionkillsGodyourFatherSaves

      sorry dude you got it all mixed up.

      Many people call themselves christians; and support all sorts of stuff like gay marriage etc. and they are not followers of the G-d of the Bible.

      This guy is just one of them...

      May 20, 2013 at 3:16 am |
    • tony

      So Christians support the deaths of 250,000 innocents in the recent Tsunamis . . .by the same god that parted the red sea?

      May 20, 2013 at 10:07 am |
  2. Marie

    So. Christians are becoming the new terrorists. LOL

    May 19, 2013 at 10:11 am |
    • Robert

      While I think Christian ideas are stupid and childish, this is not an example of "terrorism." It's a personal dispute, in which the guy tried to use violence. Terrorism tries to cause terror in an entire population.

      May 19, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
    • Loud Out Laughing

      So. CNN commenters are becoming the new visionaries? LOL?

      May 19, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
  3. Mike P

    From the main article linked at the bottom:

    "Asked in January about whether his group was a Christian metal band, he told NoiseCreep that the band had decided not to discuss 'the spiritual topic' so that listeners would focus on their music."

    So why does CNN flat out call the guy a "Christian metal singer"?

    May 19, 2013 at 9:50 am |
    • Michael Hunt, Esq.

      Because he is a Christian metal singer. If you look up the subject elsewhere:

      "As I Lay Dying has stated on numerous occasions that all of the members of the group are Christians.[44] When asked if they're a Christian band or Christians in a band, Tim Lambesis stated on the band's FAQ, "I'm not sure what the difference is between five Christians playing in a band and a Christian band,[45] If you truly believe something, then it should affect every area of your life. All five of us are Christians. I believe that change should start with me first, and as a result, our lyrics do not come across very 'preachy.' Many of our songs are about life, struggles, mistakes, relationships and other issues that don't fit entirely in the spiritual category. However, all of these topics are written about through my perspective as a Christian."[45] During an August 2010 radio interview on The Full Armor of God Broadcast, Lambesis once more made a statement regarding the band and his faith, expressing that his world view as a Christian "always comes across in our lyrics in some way or another".[46]"

      May 19, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
  4. are122

    This is a really stupid story because if he was truly a Christian he wouldn't have tried to hire a hit man. Tabloid headline.

    May 19, 2013 at 8:09 am |
    • Robert

      Keep lying to yourself. If you start saying that anyone who does anything wrong isn't a Christian, you won't have any Christians left.

      May 19, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
    • Michael Hunt, Esq.

      The hypocrisy of your statement is so obvious and hilarious. What happened to his religious faith being between him and God? What happened to having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? What happened to Christians not judging others? According to people like you Christians don't do bad things, ever, because as soon as they do something bad you become the judge and arbitrarily determine that they weren't really Christian.

      And you're totally wrong. If he believes in the divinity of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, then he is a Christian. Being an awful person and making terrible decisions doesn't change that. By your standard, the Popes who ordered the various Crusades were not Christian, neither were the individuals behind the Inquisition, and neither are the Westboro Baptists. In reality, all of these aforementioned people were/are Christians; it's just that they were/are not very good Christians*.

      *I'll go ahead and preempt any snarkish comments. Yes, I too am being judgemental by calling these individuals bad Christians. But since I am not a Christian myself, I am allowed to judge others. The imaginary friend's rules about not judging people don't apply to me.

      May 19, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
  5. JesusNotReligion

    Hey Atheist...Why would this be wrong? What is your source of absolute truth for your judgment against this guy. Oh, I know, the "popular concensus of society" of our Western civilation finds this an evil (dare I say "sinful") act...just like they did for homse&uality a couple of generations ago–not to mention "g@y marriage" and "abortion"...Perhaps in another 40 to 50 years your children or grandchildren won't find this so vile...and perhaps your grandson will marry a sheep because that's what will bring him true "happiness"-–and isn't his "happiness" the most important thing?

    This guy was plotting an evil, sinful act...ONLY BECAUSE THE MONOTHEISTIC GOD OF THE BIBLE (Absolute, Infinite Source of allTruth) SAYS IT IT...He deserves to be brought to justice, like the 2 thiefs/murderers who were crucified on the left and right of Jesus (obviusly not the death penalty in this case)...but don't forget that one of them was forgiven by Jesus at the 11th hour of his life because he truly believed in Jesus as Lord–the King of the Kingdom of God who had (and still has) the right to forgive him and all those who will TRULY believe in Him with evidence of a changed life (heart, will & actions). This one thief got the civil penalty for his actions according to this world, but received a pardon from the God of the world to come because he trusted in the death of His only begotten Son (Jesus) for his sin (John 3:16-18, 36...read it and weep with tears of repentance-and stop borrowing our Montheistic Worldview when it suits your purposes and outrage against that which the God of the Bible deems evil–SINFUL...

    May 18, 2013 at 6:08 pm |
    • jim

      read it and laugh. Our grand children may marry sheep one day but whom ever married you, married a potted plant.

      May 18, 2013 at 10:31 pm |
    • ScienceSoma

      To be clear – your point is that if you learned your god is not real, it would then be acceptable to murder the closest person next to you? It is wrong because she is a human being with as much right to her existence as anyone else, that is why. It is wrong because you would not want someone to kill you. Do not pretend modern morality comes from the Bible. If it did, women would be stoned for wearing pants. Morality comes from the individual, the society in which they live, and the laws that govern that society. How many atheists would ask you to kill your son to prove you love them? I know it seems easier to pretend all of your morality comes from a god, but really, you are just as susceptible to moral dillemas and differing opinions on major social issues as anyone else, regardless of religious belief. Sitting on your high horse does no good when it has no legs.

      May 19, 2013 at 4:58 am |
    • Colin

      JesusNotReligion – interesting that you choose the story of the two robbers. It is directly contradicted by Matthew, who has both robbers mocking Jesus. If I were dependent on the Bible for my morality, I would support slavery, genocide, murder and the se.xual exploitation of women and children.

      May 19, 2013 at 5:22 am |
  6. Malefique

    Well he believes that Jesus forgave him for all sins past and future, so I suppose that gives him license for murder. Nutbag.

    May 18, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
  7. kevin001

    til I looked at the receipt 4 $6422, I be certain ...that...my brothers friend woz like truley erning money parttime online.. there neighbour had bean doing this for under twenty months and resently repayed the morgage on their condo and purchased themselves a Fiat Multipla. go to, ............. Fox85. ℂOℳ

    May 18, 2013 at 2:30 am |
  8. mrsgraham06

    One must not forget that we are ALL human with good and evil tendencies. I find it odd that this "belief" blog tends to ATTACK "Christians" or the so-called label. Did this gentleman pursue and follow his sin? Yes. Are YOU his judge? Are YOU perfect? It is not about religion, but our true God & creator. If we all stopped hating, pointing fingers, judging, and putting up defense walls, imagine the change!! Let us LOVE and be LOVED. God is love. I pray we all manifest that in our lives, especially for others. We are not here on earth for ourselves, but for others. When you come to the end of your life, when you look back, what will you regret if you were WRONG about your disbelief in God? Oh, how He is real and prevalent in our lives. You must first seek Him and answer your heart's door when He calls. Praying for you all! <3

    May 18, 2013 at 12:49 am |
  9. albie

    christian metal? for real? this is better than the Onion! Christians crack me up

    May 17, 2013 at 11:29 pm |
  10. jeffision

    Another shining example of Christian morality.

    May 17, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
    • And also

      Another shining example of a gross generalization designed to scapegoat a faith. Nice post.

      May 17, 2013 at 8:21 pm |
    • darknesscrown

      Scapegoat a faith? You know that scapegoating is when you pin your shortcomings and faults on others, right? By definition, Christianity is the practice of scapegoating by avoiding responsibility for your own actions in that the whole concept is to give your sins to Jesus. Christians do JUST FINE scapegoating their OWN faith, thank you very much.

      May 18, 2013 at 1:51 am |
  11. DawnOfDawns

    Nice surf in Encinitas. Aloha!

    May 17, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
  12. kingv

    Free speech is fun but how's most of this not hate-speech? It's all opinion suggested as fact with a hateful tone. Ie – all christians are stupid. These boards have no value in moving anyone's agenda anywhere...there's no discourse, just a lot of mountain-topping and name calling.

    May 17, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
    • albie

      If christians as a group werent so destructive, you wouldnt have so much backlash - cause and effect

      May 17, 2013 at 11:30 pm |
  13. lol??

    You'd have a lot less conflict and nonsense if you would tell the Beastie pharisees to butt out of marriage and let the people work it out. The wife using the children as a weapon might not even happen. He might even have settled for polygamy. Now you pay. After martial law is declared I bet marital law will be obsolete. Not enough cops.

    May 17, 2013 at 7:08 am |
    • midwest rail

      What a steaming pile of tripe. Now that marriage equality is making headway, contemporary Christians suddenly want government out of the marriage business. Laughably transparent bullspit.

      May 17, 2013 at 7:32 am |
    • lol??

      Steaming Tripe

      500g beef tripe, sliced, cleaned and pre boiled
      1 tbsp oyster sauce
      1 tbsp soy sauce
      2 tsp black bean sauce

      May 17, 2013 at 7:48 am |
    • midwest rail

      You forgot the bullspit...

      May 17, 2013 at 7:50 am |
    • lol??

      The socies wanted the Beast "in charge" of marriage, then blame it on the Christians when it don't work their way. Yup, you have NO SHAME.

      May 17, 2013 at 7:54 am |
    • lol??

      Socie marriage:

      A chicken in every pot
      A cop in every kitchen

      May 17, 2013 at 7:56 am |
    • midwest rail

      Back to the delusional nonsense. How many times does the "word" socie appear in the KJV ?

      May 17, 2013 at 7:58 am |
    • Science

      Hey lol??.....................and that is what started the bullsh-it on the Chtistians Be Nice thread..................when I

      asked the peach......................faith................if se-x education workjed for creationists ?

      How many pages went bye bye lol??

      May 17, 2013 at 8:04 am |
    • lol??

      Socie in the KJV?? You can see mob rule at Genesis 13:10.

      Genes, get it??

      May 17, 2013 at 8:12 am |
  14. Sane Person

    If he was truly metal he would have done it himself and taken a picture for his next album cover

    May 15, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
    • Dude

      Rock on!!

      May 15, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
  15. Dave8582

    This is why I banned all Christian band music, from my house. They are frauds. They worship the dollars the idiot believers supply them with.

    Wake Up, Religious People! There are no gods old or new.

    Check out Humanism.


    May 15, 2013 at 11:02 am |
    • Bastet

      Censorship and banning of song lyrics based only on a philisophical view point...now where have I seen that before...?

      May 15, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • Darryl

      Dave, thanks for clearing that up. Who thought it would take a death threat from a metal Christian to expose the entirety of religion and serve as the clear evidence that all religion is a waste. Along with no doubt billions of otherwise faithful people, we move on to your proscribed remedy. Humanism.

      May 16, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
  16. Anna


    May 15, 2013 at 5:20 am |
  17. Angel Moronic

    Whatever he did or planning to do, it had been forgiven so he is without sin.

    May 14, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
    • Nihilism

      Or there is no right or wrong, morality is a concept made up by man. Morality is completely bendable because it only exists to the extent that you choose to be accountable to your fellow man. Life has no meaning, ultimately.

      Christianity/Atheism. Take your pick because it is irrelevant.

      May 14, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
  18. Mickey1313

    Kevo, all monothiests are evil hypocritical monsters.

    May 14, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
    • Of course

      All lies are true.

      May 14, 2013 at 6:35 pm |
  19. kevo.bx

    When death comes to the door, what will the proud people say? (Psalm 60:7) *John 10:9 I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. *Psalm 100:3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. (*Deuteronomy 33:21*)

    May 14, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
  20. kevo.bx

    Love truth, hate opinions (1st Kings 18:21) Grace and truth: *Job 32:11 Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say. (*Jude 4*)

    May 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
    • sam stone

      yet you state your opinion

      May 15, 2013 at 8:22 am |
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