As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis has been arrested in Oceanside, Calif., over an alleged plot to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife.
Fox 5 in San Diego said that Lambesis was arrested at a store on Vista Way in Oceanside yesterday afternoon (May 7th) after allegedly soliciting an undercover detective to kill his spouse.
Authorities began investigating the singer last Thursday (May 2nd) when they received a tip that he allegedly was trying to get someone to commit the murder, according to deputies. Lambesis was booked into the Vista Jail on suspicion of solicitation of murder.
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Reuters say that a spokesperson for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department confirmed the arrest, stating: "The information came to us late last week. We acted quickly on it. I believe that we averted a great tragedy."
Reuters also reports that Lambesis is expected to appear in court today (Wednesday May 8th) or tomorrow for his arraignment.
The Grammy-nominated Metalcore act was set to embark on a North American trek later this month, but it is not known as of yet how Lambesis' legal status will affect the shows.
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