As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis has been arrested for allegedly attempting to arrange for the murder of his estranged wife.
A press release from the San Diego Country Sheriff’s Department was titled “Murder for Hire Plot Foiled,” and went on to say that Lambesis was arrested on Tuesday afternoon, May 7 “without incident” in a retail business in Oceanside, Calif.”
It appears that Lambesis asked an undercover detective to kill his wife.
“The information came to us late last week” spokeswoman Jan Caldwell told Reuters. “We acted quickly on it. I believe that we averted a great tragedy.” She later told ABCNews.com that the department “worked [the investigation] around the clock until the arrest was made.”
The band has released six albums since forming in 2000, with the most recent being last year’s Awakened. In 2008 the group was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for the song “Nothing Left.” The song is from the group’s 2007 album An Ocean Between Us.
Lambesis had just returned from a short As I Lay Dying tour in Asia before the arrest was made. On a May 6 Instagram post he wrote that, “I’ll Be home in about 15 hours.” The group was scheduled to head back on the road later this month for a tour with Killswitch Engage. That trek was also scheduled to feature Miss May I and Affiance.
The band has yet to release any official statement about the event.
The singer is married to Meggan Lambesis, though she filed for dissolution of marriage in September of last year. The couple had adopted three children from Ethiopia together before their separation.
Fans of the group took to social media to express their collective shock at the arrest news.
“I hope to hell it is some sort of mistake,” one fan posted to the group’s Facebook page.
The Devil Wears Prada and As I Lay Dying will team up for an extensive North American tour early next year.
The two acts played together this summer on the Rockstar Mayhem tour and have dubbed their new upcoming trek the “Marathon Metalcore Tour.” The new dates will kick off February 22, 2013 at the Majestic Ventura Theater Half House in Ventura Calif, and the bands will stay on the road until a two-night stand at the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, Colo. closes the tour on April 3-4. In between those dates, the groups also will visit Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, Nashville, Toronto and Minneapolis, among others.
The two bands also will welcome three support acts at different stops throughout the tour. For Today will perform as support on almost every date of the tour, and The Color Morale will be the opening act from February 22 – March 7. The Chariot will then take over opening duties starting March 8, and will fill the role until the end of the tour.
As I Lay Dying will use the tour to continue to support their most recent album, Awakened, which was released in September of this year. The album is the sixth studio album by the band, and peaked at number 11 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The set climbed to number three on the Billboard Independent albums chart, and number one on the Hard Rock albums chart.
Dead Throne is the most recent album by The Devil Wears Prada, and was released in September 2011. The album topped both the Billboard Christian and Independent albums chart, and peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Many of the songs on the album were also included on Dead & Alive, the band’s first live album that was released in June of this year.