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.” Continue reading