The latest dramatic twist in the Tim Lambesis trial came today in Vista Superior Court, San Diego as the singer changed his plea and admitted his actions.
The As I Lay Dying frontman was charged in May 2013 in San Diego where it was alleged that he had tried to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife, Meggan. This hitman turned out to be an undercover cop and he was duly charged.
His lawyer, Thomas Warwick had originally put forward a defence that Lambesis had taken his bodybuilding too far and "his thought processes were devastatingly affected by his steroid use."
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The former Christian, who now claims that he does not believe in God, admitted the charges, which came after he filed for divorce from Meggan, with whom he shares three adopted Ethiopian children, in 2012.
He then gave the undercover detective posing as a hitman $1,000 in cash, as well as instructions of how to carry out the murder.
The detective's report stated:
"During our conversation he told me that he had picked out three dates that were good dates for him, for me to kill his wife. Those were the dates that he would have his children and therefore, he would not be a suspect in the case.
During their recorded conversation, the officer claimed he attempted to get Lambesis to use the words "kill" or "dead". However, he resisted.
"But he continued to say repeatedly that, I want her gone. I want her never ever, ever to come back. So, as he was leaving, we got about fifteen or twenty feet away from each other and he turned back to me and he goes, 'Just to clarify, just so you know, I do want her dead.'"
Lambesis also handed over his wife's address and front door security code, and agreed a total of $20,000 for the act.
As I Lay Dying's 2013 tour with Killswitch Engage was cancelled, and the band's last activity was the 2012 album 'Awakened'.
Lambesis now awaits a sentence of up to nine years in prison. He will be formally sentenced on 2 May.
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