||BREAKING NEWS: RANDY BLYTHE FOUND NOT GUILTY AND IS A FREE MAN
5th March 2013, 1245pm GMT
JUST BREAKING NOW: Randy Blythe has been found NOT GUILTY at his trial in Prague and is a free man, acquitted of all charges.
Much more to follow on this - stay posted....
The manslaughter trial of Randy Blythe resumed March 4 after being adjourned because of an ill witness and other factors. The prosecution case rests on testimony from a female fan and a security guard, and two psychologists that took the stand to give expert opinions on Blythe’s personality.
Multiple sources suggest a female fan, 19, offered her testimony to the court, stating she witnessed Blythe: lift Daniel Nosek (deceased) by the shoulders; pushing the fan off the stage with two hands; and causing Nosek to fall backwards into the crowd. The teen claims that she was standing in the front row during the 2010 concert and when Nosek was pushed from the stage, the Czech crowd parted, resulting in Nosek crashing down onto the floor.
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Two security guards, who worked the fateful Lamb of God show also took the stand. One guard testified that he did not see Blythe push anyone off the stage during the show, while the other venue employee, who was working the door, saw Nosek being helped out of the venue by two individuals before an ambulance arrived 5-10 minutes later.
The two psychologists gave testimony with intent to present findings on the character of Randy Blythe. Though one of the psychologists claimed Blythe could possibly be labeled as antisocial, citing past instances where the singer was fined for speeding and public disobedience, the other found that Blythe didn’t possess several traits needed for diagnosis of an antisocial personality disorder.
This is an incredibly significant day for the trial as George Strauss of the Prague Police Department will deliver his testimony and the defense will call an expert on biomechanics to present their opinion on how exactly Nosek would have fallen, along with what type of injuries he could have sustained. Both sides will present their closing statements and Randy Blythe will address the court to close proceedings.
Jonathan Crane, a Prague Post journalist who has covered the case from the beginning, offered the opinion a verdict is 'likely' to be handed down today (March 5). Blythe could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted. According to Czech news site Blesk.cz, the family of the deceased fan has asked for compensation of 10,000,000 Czech Koruna (roughly $528,000).
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