3 p.m., May 24
California rocker accused of hiring hitman gets court date
Tim Lambesis not due in court again until September
Timothy Lambesis, who is out of custody on $2 million bond posted last May, was in a San Diego courtroom today, June 26, setting his next court date for September 16, 2013.
The divorce of Timothy Lambesis from his wife Meggan could be finalized by that time. Mrs. Meggan Lambesis filed for dissolution of their 8-year marriage in September of 2012.
Timothy Lambesis was arrested on May 7 2013, after he gave an envelope full of incriminating evidence to a man named “Red” whom he thought was a hitman, but was actually an undercover officer, according to a prosecutor. The envelope contained cash for “expenses” and the address and gate codes and instructions on how to get into his wife’s residence, Deptuy District Attorney Claudia Grasso has alleged.
Tim Lambesis, 32, pleads not guilty to one felony, solicitation to commit murder. The maximum possible prison sentence is nine years, the prosecutor said.
Defendant Lambesis was held in lieu of $3 million bail before his private attorney Thomas Warwick Jr. successfully argued the bail down to $2 million. Lambesis or his agent paid a $160,000 fee to a bondsman and he obtained his liberty after 24 days in custody, on May 30, 2013.
Information in his court file from defense attorney Warwick describes the defendant this way:
Timothy Lambesis was born in Scottsdale Arizona 32 years ago and when he was seven his family moved to the San Diego area. (His two older brothers currently live in Phoenix.) Timmy graduated from a Christian High School in Solana Beach in 1999. “Mister Lambesis received his religious studies degree from this small, private Christian university” named Liberty University, according to Warwick.
Tim Lambesis has been a band member since his senior year of high school, and was part of five different bands; he formed the band As I Lay Dying with drummer Jordan Mancino in 2001. Attorney Warwick said the band is “American Christian Metalcore.”
The band As I Lay Dying has released “six studio albums,” the last in September 2012.
Until his arrest, Tim Lambesis lived in Carlsbad with his girlfriend; he rents that home from his parents.
While arguing that his client was not a flight risk, persuading a judge to lower the bail amount, the defense attorney stated: “Mister Lambesis considers himself a homebody and would much rather stay here in San Diego than anywhere else.” Also, “Mister Lambesis does not even enjoy traveling for work and would much rather stay at his home in Carlsbad.”