Tim Lambesis, the lead singer and co-founder of Christian heavy metal band “As I Lay Dying,” was arrested on Tuesday by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for soliciting an undercover detective to kill his wife.
The SDSD said they initiated an investigation into Lambesis on May 2 after reports that he was soliciting another individual to kill his estranged wife, who lives in Encinitas, CA. Lambesis was charged with solicitation of another to commit murder after an investigation conducted by the Encinitas Detectives, the San Diego Fugitive Task Force and the Sheriff’s Special Investigation Division.
As I Lay Dying has repeatedly affirmed that each of the members of the band are Christian and, on the band’s Frequently Asked Questions page, Lambesis responded to a question about whether or not As I Lay Dying was a Christian band. He said he wasn’t sure of the difference between five Christians playing in a band and a Christian band.
“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,’” Lambesis wrote. “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.”
In an August 2010 radio interview on The Full Armor of God Broadcast, Lambesis also said his worldview as a Christian “always comes across in our lyrics in some way or another.”
As I Lay Dying formed more than 10 years ago and has released 8 albums.
Lambesis was arrested Tuesday, transported to the Encinitas Station and booked into the Vista Detention Facility, according to the SD County Sheriff’s Department.
The other four members on Wednesday told their fans they have no more information than the public does.
“There are many unanswered questions, and the situation will become clearer in the coming days and weeks. We’ll keep you informed as best we can,” Jordan, Nick, Phil and Josh wrote in a press release on the band’s website. “Our thoughts right now are with Tim, his family, and with everyone else affected by this terrible situation – and with our fans, whom we love and draw strength from.”