This just in from the ‘just in case you missed it’ file (and, just in case you actually care):  Christian-inspired As I Lay Dying front man, Tim Lambesis, has been released on his $2 million dollar bail.  This…all because he’s trying to get a divorce.

Well, it’s not really like it’s directly tied to his divorce.  It’s more like it’s because he was accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife.  At least that’s what she said.  He says, “It’s the roids, man.”

It has been reported that Lambesis, or maybe his agent, paid $160,000 to a bail bondsman so the rock singer could free himself.  As conditions for his bail, Lambesis has agreed to be fitted with a GPS tracking device, but he is not free to contact his estranged wife – the same one he’s accused of hiring a hit man to kill – or their three adopted children, and this was probably a good call on the judge’s part

Lambesis was arrested May 7.  Prosecutors allege the heavy metal singer gave an envelope containing $1,000 in cash to an undercover agent and provided instructions on how to kill his estranged wife, including her photograph, address, security gate code, and dates he would be with their children to give him an alibi.  Prosecutors did not accuse Lambesis of being the sharpest knife in the drawer, however.

The prosecutor alleges that during the May 7 meeting with the agent, who went by the alias of “Red,” the defendant was recorded saying he wanted his wife killed.  The undercover operation was staged after the singer had told a man at his gym on April 23 and again the next day that he wanted his wife killed.  He complained she was making it difficult for him to see their children and impossible for him to complete their divorce.

In court, Lambesis’ attorney has claimed that steroids were responsible for the singer’s erratic behavior and actions in the murder-for-hire plot.  He told reporters that Lambesis did not intend to harm anybody and was apparently set up by the man at the gym.  The lawyer declined to address specifics.

As I Lay Dying has canceled all their remaining 2013 tour dates.  And the defendant is due in court again on June 26 for a readiness conference.

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