UPDATED – HOLY SH!T: Tim Lambesis Arrested For Hiring Hit Man To Kill Wife

Tim Labesis 2013

As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis was arrested in San Diego around 2pm today after he allegedly hired an undercover detective to kill his estranged wife. Lambesis was charged with solicitation of another to commit murder.

His wife is located in Encinitas. The direct location Tim was apprehended was an Oceanside business on Vista Way. Lambesis was booked into a Vista Detention Facility.

UTG will have more details soon so stay tuned.

***UPDATE***

You can now view Lambesis’ “inmate details” with the exact charges via San Diego Sheriff’s Department after the jump as well.

***UPDATE***

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman has released some details regarding the arrest but due to an ongoing investigation could not give out too many details at this time. Check below the jump for a quote from the spokeswoman and some additional details on what has happened so far. As of right now, Lambesis is expected to be arraigned Wednesday or Thursday.

Lambesis was taken into custody in Oceanside, near San Diego, said San Diego County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell.

Police had previously learned Lambesis was looking for someone to carry out the killing, Caldwell said.

“The information came to us late last week. We acted quickly on it. I believe that we averted a great tragedy,” she said.

Caldwell said the ongoing investigation prevented her from disclosing any details about why Lambesis might have wanted to have his wife killed or how police first learned about what they described as his murder plan.

Lambesis’ wife, Meggan, filed papers in San Diego Superior Court in September 2012 seeking a dissolution of marriage, according to an online court database.

A representative for the As I Lay Dying’s record label, Metal Blade, could not immediately be reached for comment and it was unclear if Lambesis had an attorney. No one answered the door at the singer’s home in Del Mar, 20 miles north of San Diego, and neighbors declined to talk about him.

Source: Reuters

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You can find a downloadable PDF of the press release from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department website regarding the arrest. The press release reads as such:

Tim Lambesis, lead singer and co-founder for the heavy metal band, “As I Lay Dying” was arrested without incident today, May 7, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. in a retail business on Vista Way in Oceanside. Lambesis is charged with Solicitation of Another to Commit Murder.

Information came to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department on May 2nd that Lambesis was soliciting another individual to kill his estranged wife, who resides in Encinitas. The Encinitas Detectives, The San Diego Fugitive Task Force and the Sheriff’s Special Investigation Division investigators immediately initiated an investigation.

The investigation culminated this afternoon, when Lambesis solicited an undercover detective to kill his wife. He was then arrested, transported to the Encinitas Station, and booked into the Vista Detention Facility.

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